Premier League – Arsenal held by Hammers
Arsenal‘s hopes of a top four spot in the Premier League took a further blow as they were held to a goalless draw by West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.
Neither keeper was tested in the first-half although Diaby’s third minute header from a corner deflected off Collins and off the top of the crossbar.
Nicklas Bendtner saw a goalbound header blocked by Upson but the Dane should have done better midway through the first-half when he climbed above Collins to meet Samir Nasri‘s cross but headed tamely wide.
West Ham offered virtually nothing in the final third although Gael Clichy was forced to head Collins’ goalbound header from off his line in first-half injury time.
Diaby then dragged a shot past the post and Denilson had an effort blocked by the sliding Upson before Adebayor spurned the best two chances of the match.
Bacary Sagna found space down the right and he slid the ball into the Togo striker who nipped ahead of Collins at the near post but poked his effort wide.
He then climbed high to meet Carlos Vela’s cross but his header from seven yards was straight into the arms of Green.
West Ham, who were the first team to win at the Emirates Stadium in April 2007, continued to sit back and invite pressure and a sole Carlton Cole strike from long-range was the only time Manuel Almunia was called into action.
But he failed to find the breakthough with his scuffed shot in injury time ensuring the Hammers stretched their unbeaten run to eight games.
There was a further blow for Wenger late on when Diaby was stretchered off following a heavy tackle by West Ham’s new signing Savio Nsereko, the midfielder joining Emmanuel Eboue, who limped off in the first-half, on the treatment table.