Arsenal edged West Ham 2-1 in Sunday’s FA Cup 3rd round tie at the Boleyn Ground in an end-to-end contest that saw the Gunners come from 1-down to win late on.
Alessandro Diamanti, with four goals in his last five matches, is man of the moment for the Hammers. The Italian entertained the crowd with an all-action display full of passion, venom and danger, in which the number 32 forced Lukasz Fabianski into palming a save around his post before the striker found the net for the opening goal with a crisp finish from Kovac’s pass.
West Ham’s creative playmaker then continued his expansive play, cutting open Arsenal’s defence time and again and creating goal-scoring opportunities for the likes of Junior Stanislas and Frank Nouble.
For the Gunners, Aaron Ramsey’s development took another step forward last weekend with the skillful schemer notching his second goal in as many games for the Wenger Boys.
The battle with the Hammers proved taxing for Ramsey, who struggled to get his A-game going for long periods of the match. Miscuing a couple of shots off target, Ramsey was reduced to probing the home defence with a couple of incisive passes to teammates for more than two-thirds of the game. But then the young Welshman stepped his performance up a level netting the Gunners’ first, finishing off a sublime pass-pass-pass attack from the visitors with a neat shot into the far post.
Individual match highlights of Aaron Ramsey and Alessandro Diamanti’s performances in the FA Cup 3rd round can be seen here.