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Arsenal 3-0 West Ham: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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Goals from Giroud, Ramsey and Flamini saw off West Ham

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1-0 Giroud 45'
2-0 Ramsey 81'
3-0 Flamini 84'

Arsenal have moved to within a point of Manchester City and six of Chelsea (ahead of their games) after beating West Ham 3-0. Goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaroun Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini saw off the Irons, with the result a fair justification of the match, which should've been wrapped up far before it was.

Theo Walcott made his first start in a month, and should've put Arsenal in front after two minutes. Giroud's flick played Walcott through, but the England winger delayed, before James Collins came back and bundled Walcott off the ball. No penalty, however, was forthcoming from Chris Foy.

Aaron Ramsey should've put Arsenal ahead from Calum Chambers' cross, but his knee-shot was parried over by Adrian. West Ham carried a threat down Arsenal's right, with Chambers' positioning ineffectual, but Arsenal were always comfortable. As half-time approached, superb interplay from Özil and Ramsey and Giroud saw the latter whack a shot in off the left-sided post to put Arsenal up 1-0.

West Ham started the second half far better, and only interventions from the excellent Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal stopped the Irons from constructing a big chance. Eventually, Arsenal wrapped up the 3 points. A dummy, then a one-two with Giroud put Ramsey in, and his left-footed finish was vintage 13/14 Ramsey. Minutes later, Giroud played Cazorla around the corner, and he crossed across the goal for the on-rushing Mathieu Flamini (!).