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Arsenal 1-0 West Ham: Song saves Gunners' blushes with late winner

Alex Song scored his second goal in two matches to help Arsenal to a narrow 1-0 win over West Ham United at the Emirates on Saturday.

The Cameroon international headed home a Gael Clichy cross at the far post with two minutes remaining to finally beat Irons keeper Robert Green who had put in a previously faultless shift.

Arsenal dominated proceedings with plenty of possession and a high number of shots on goal and they finally wore down a courageous Hammers outfit who remain rock bottom of the league table. Arsenal's win kept them in second as they continue to chase the tail of league leaders Chelsea who are five points to the good.

Arsenal: 1 (Alex Song 88') West Ham United: 0

Venue: Emirates Stadium, North London Crowd: 60,086 Referee: Miuchael Jones Yellow cards:ARS - Alex Song 25', Marouane Chamakh 82' WHU - Herita Ilunga 23', Luis Boa Morte 52'

Starting Line-Ups

ARS Lukasz Fabianski (gk), Bacary Sagna, Sebastien Squillaci, Gael Clichy, Laurent Koscielny, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Alex Song, Denilson (Walcott 67'), Marouane Chamakh (Eboue 90'), Andrey Arshavin (Bendtner 79')

Subs - Wojciech Szczesny (gk), Theo Walcott (67'), Nicklas Bendtner (79'), Emmanuel Eboue (90'), Carlos Vela, Johan Djourou, Tomas Rosicky

WHU Robert Green (gk), Herita Ilunga, Manuel da Costa, Danny Gabbidon, Lars Jacobsen, Valon Behrami (Barrera 90'), Luis Boa Morte, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Frederic Piquionne (Cole 73'), Victor Obinna (Faubert 87')

Subs - Marek Stech (gk), Carlton Cole (73'), Julien Faubert (87'), Pablo Barrera (90'), James Tomkins, Radoslav Kovac, Winston Reid

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