Live Blog: West Ham United vs Arsenal: Premier League Matchday 17 Live From The London Stadium

Matchday Live Blog

10:45 PM: Unfortunately, that’s it from us here at The London Stadium tonight as Both Managers have now finished addressing us, we hope that you’ve enjoyed our live coverage of tonight’s goalless draw with Arsenal, thank you very much for sticking with us for the whole six-plus hours this evening and do look out for all of our further reaction from this clash right here.

We hope that you can be with us once again on Friday afternoon with a Live Blog covering David Moyes’ Pre-Stoke City Press Conference, a strong point for The Hammers tonight, I’ve been Luke Glanville, goodnight from London Stadium.

On The Claret & Blue Army:

“The supporters have been great, the results in the last few games have given us a good platform, to see what we can do in the next few months”.

On Adrian:

“I’ve got two keepers who can be chosen, Adrian has the jersey, he has played well”.

On His Team’s Performances:

“We have tightened up a bit, we now need to take it to the next level”.

“There has been good signs and maybe, we can keep this level of performance up”.

On Chicharito’s Late Chance:

“It was a moment, but I would say, we have to praise the boys, how well we stuck to the task”.

10:29 PM: Moyes has swiftly joined us, quotes to come…..

On Jack Wilshere:

“Jack did well overall for his first game, he defended well”.

On Other Manager’s Ruling Their Teams Out Of The Title Race:

“It’s a long way to go until May”.

“I don’t listen too much to that stuff, our Job is to fight, give everything and see where we finish”.

On The Title Race:

“I won’t talk about that, it’s good to make headlines but we have to focus on the next game”.

On His Team’s Performance In The Final Third:

“We create chances at that will come back”.

On The Display Of Sanchez:

“He tried tonight, it was difficult because they defended very well”.

On His Current Outlook:

“We have to continue to focus on the quality of our game”.

“We have to keep confidence in our game”.

On His Team’s Performances:

“Well, our performances are not reflected by the results, against United we had 33 shots”.

On The Hammers’ Defensive Display:

“They did that against City, Chelsea and tonight, we lacked sharpness in the final third”.

10:20 PM: Wenger has joined us here, quotes to follow…..

10:15 PM: We will bring you live quotes as soon as the two Gaffers join us here, that draw has seen The Hammers fall a place to 19th, while The Gunners dropped down to seventh place.

10:10 PM: We have arrived in The Press Conference Room, where we hope David Moyes and Arsene Wenger will join us soon, stay with us.

9:51 PM: Jon Moss calls time on this even London Derby, Hammers must be pleased with that result, but the Hernandez miss will surely stick in the mind the most, stay tuned right here for exclusive reaction from both Managers in their respective Post-Match Press Conferences.

Full-time: West Ham United 0-0 Arsenal.

90+2: Ozil’s effort hits the wall and over.

90+2: The away side have a free-kick, Reid fouls, this is dangerous.

90+1: Chicharito has a penalty appeal turned down, one last chance with a free-kick here which Cech catches.

90: Just two minutes added on as Adrian gets to the ball, ahead of Giroud.

90: So Close! Hernandez hits the bar, what a huge chance that was!!

89: Cech punches clear, as Adrian is announced as Man of the Match, a bit of an odd one.

88: The Hammers have a corner great work from Arnautovic.

87: Sarcastic cheers as the hosts win a free-kick, just three minutes left.

86: Ogbonna away again, he is surely a contender for Man of the Match.

85: Wilshere tries one, it’s blocked, the danger is ridden for now.

83: The Frenchman tries to stab it through with his first action avail.

82: First sub of the night from Moyes, Chicharito returns for Antonio, while Sanchez is ousted for Lacazette for Wenger.

81: A rare cross goes in down at the other end, the ball is cleared, while The Gunners are halted coming forward.

80: Great Ogbonna defending to stop Welbeck, still 0-0, ten to go.

79: Good defending from Antonio to chest it back to Adrian.

79: Sanchez can’t find a way through, this would be a good point if The Hammers hold out.

78: Niles delivers, Bellerin has a shot blocked, yet more Gunners pressure.

77: Arnautovic gets the ball, in a forward area, he is offside, with Zabaleta following that with good defending at the other end.

76: The ball is going back and forth as Masuaku sees it out for a goal-kick, West Ham United’s box is under siege.

74: Monreal floats one in, Ogbonna away once more.

73: Adrian saves very well from the Chile man, a corner is won after.

72: Moss awards a free-kick to the visitors, Noble fouled Wilshere, a real chance for Ozil or Sanchez here.

72: Great pace from Obiang to break away, he can find no one.

70: A cross falls back to Wilshere, he volleys way over, a great chance missed as Iwobi is replaced by Welbeck, Wenger’s first change.

69: The away side look to get back on top, they are enjoying a spell of the ball.

68: A spell of pressure from the hosts brings nothing, but this is better play.

67: Ozil looks for Giroud with a chip, the ball sails through for a goal-kick.

66: Close! Arnuatovic is left with an open goal he can’t convert as play is pulled back for a foul on Cech.

65: Antonio has a chance to shoot as the ball is played inside, his effort is blocked.

64: Noble puts Adrian in trouble, he is able to clear on the slide though.

64: Adrian gathers easily once more, 25 to go, still 0-0.

63: Antonio’s throw causes problems as does the Arsenal counter-attack, Ogbonna eventually clearing.

62: The visitors are on top, not able to find any form of final ball at this stage.

61: Masuaku obtains the ball from a failed Gunners attack, he rids the danger for the meantime.

60: Antonio runs at goal, loses it, but the ball is won back before the winger can cross again, Arnautovic was unable to convert at the near post.

59: Wilshere fails in playing Giroud in, the story of the night so far really.

58: The Hammers are a bit hemmed in here, no action to speak of.

57: Antonio has a chance to launch a throw here, it’s easily dealt with.

56: Sanchez’s deflected shot sets up Ozil, his shot going wide, all the visitors at the moment.

55: Antonio is seemingly fouled on the counter, Arsenal come forward and it’s scrambled away twice.

54: Good chasing from Lanzini to get a throw on the break, the ball is given up easily though.

53: Giroud gets his head to a Niles cross, The North Londoners have a corner, it’s lifted in and they win another.

52: Antonio gets in but just can’t find Arnautovic, better from The Hammers.

51: An away attack comes back to Xhaka, his shot is caught by Adrian, the first save he has had to make this evening.

50: Moss lets another one go as The Gunners look dangerous in attack once more.

49: Sanchez tees up Bellerin for a jit, the ball skids wide.

48: the rain is really lashing down here, we are well protected in The Press Box the players are being drenched.

47: Sanchez finds Giroud at the over end, Ogbonna sweeps in to clear, Arsenal make nothing of the resulting corner.

46: Instant action! Arnautovic is neatly slipped in, only to volley over.

46: The players of both teams have returned to the field in the rain, Lanzini gets us back underway.

9:00 PM: A very nice Steak Pie in The Press Lounge at the break and we are back for what should be an interesting second period, few chances in an even encounter so far, let’s hope for a little more action in the closing 45 minutes.

Half-time: West Ham United 0-0 Arsenal.

45: One minute to be added on here, as Xhaka fires way wide once more.

44: Xhaka hits one from range, it goes comfortably wide.

44: Wilshere’s strike is blocked from it, it looked wayward anyway.

43: Ogbonna blocks off Monreal, Gunners corner to come.

42: Just three minutes until the break, this has been an even half.

41: Obiang breaks but can find no one, while Lanzini is booked for a foul on Wilshere.

39: At the other end Giroud tries something spectacular, Cresswell blocks and is knocked down, he is fine now.

38: Huge penalty appeals as Lanzini goes down with Xhaka, nothing is given.

37: It comes in deep, however, Cech punches away, Antonio fires in a cross, it is put in to touch.

36: Jon Moss is keeping the game flowing, but he has to give a foul on the near side, a good position for the hosts.

35: The French striker does get his head to something, nodding it back for Reid to clear

33: Noble appears to be playing further forward tonight, he battles for it as the visitors attack, Giroud inches from getting to another cross.

31: Arnautovic dazzles to create a chance for Lanzini, the ball eventually coming to Cresswell who couldn’t keep it, Arsenal break once more, Adrian clears before catching well moments later.

30: Zabaleta is having to do a lot at the back, he clears, from the throw, Iwbi tries his luck again, off target once more.

29: Very close! Iwobi’s low effort strikes the post and comes out to safety.

28: Iwobi is pulling the strings when Arsenal come forward, his final ball is a little off tonight.

26: Zabaleta wins a throw, it is crossed and falls to Arnautovic, Cech just about gathering his deflected effort.

25: Long balls to Antonio seem to be Moyes’s main outlet in attack, none of them getting through at the moment.

24: Fans getting irritated by the Assistant on the near side, he ends an Irons attack by flagging for a foul.

22: Close! Wilshere lays off Sanchez, his effort going just over via a deflection, too easy, Iwobi can’t make anything of the corner, volleying wide of target.

21: Zabaleta clears danger, the hosts break with Arnautivic winning a throw, the flag is up once again, this game is very open at the moment.

19: Arnautovic almost brings an Obiang pass down, he would have been through on goal, the hosts are getting back into this one.

19: Plenty of foul play on show, Sanchez brings Zabaleta down, The Gunners deal with the resulting free-kick.

18: Antonio is stopped breaking by Monreal, Moss’ cards are staying in his pocket.

17: Wilshere leaves a foot in on Noble, give and take from the England man.

15: That has upped the noise, replays on my Monitor show it was the correct call.

14: So close! The Hammers think they have a goal, Arnautovic heading home from a Masuaku cross the flag is up, however.

14: Obiang fouls Wilshere, a bit of needle there.

12: Lanzini forces a throw-in from Niles, that has got The Claret & Blue Army going, Antonio launches long but it’s dealt with.

11: The Gunners are passing it around nicely, they’ve bossed this encounter.

10: Maitland-Niles gets in again, his cross plays ping-pong in the area before being cleared, a stoppage in play follows with Sanchez down.

9: Sanchez forces the first save, Adrian keeping his effort out with ease, the away side look the most likely.

8: Giroud almost gets his head to a cross, real chance there.

7: Masuaku bursts forward on the left, he cannot force a throw though.

6: Sanchez almost finds an opening, end-to-end stuff here in East London.

5: Antonio is set free on the break but the flag is up, Cech got there first anyway, at the other end, Reid clears once more, all action.

4: The Gunners trying some patient build-up, they look a threat.

3: Masuaku looks lively on the left, his acceleration almost plays The Irons in there.

2: Maitland-Niles delivers and the hosts clear for a corner, nothing comes of it, fast start to this one.

1: Antonio almost cuts out a pass in a dangerous area but just cannot.

1: Arnautovic wins an early Hammers throw.

8:00 PM: Sanchez and Iwobi get the game underway!!

7:57 PM: The two teams have walked out to a fitting “Bubbles” and we are ready to go here in Stratford, live text commentary to follow, don’t go anywhere.

7:50 PM: The lights are on and there is now less than ten minutes to go, what a night of festive of Football it promises to be.

7:45 PM: Make sure you head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your last-minute result predictions.

7:40 PM: The London Stadium is filling up nicely here, just 15 minutes until kick-off in this local Derby, make sure you stay with us.

7:35 PM: Giroud would have been hoping to break a PL record for most goals from the bench tonight, however, he has been picked by Wenger to start, he still remains a threat though.

7:25 PM: The Hammers are out to warm up here in Stratford, kick-off is nearing and excitement building.

7:10 PM: Here is the full teamsheet this evening, the big news being Jack Wilshere returning for the visitors, more to follow………

7:04 PM: That’s an unchanged lineup from Saturday’s victory over Chelsea, The Gunners team will follow…….

7:00 PM: West Ham United Xl to face Arsenal: Adrian (GK), Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble (C), Obiang, Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku, Antonio.

Substitutes: Hart, Rice, Collins, Ayew, Carroll, Sakho, Hernandez.

6:55 PM: Just five minutes until we find out how David Moyes and Arsene Wenger have set out their team’s, don’t go anywhere.

6:50 PM: The stunning London Stadium scene is set here tonight.

6:4o PM: I can tell you, it’s like a who’s who of The Premier League in the noughties here tonight, the likes of Phil Neville and Mark Schwarzer surrounding me, but will they watch a Hammers win tonight?

6:30 PM: At this point, we would usually be bringing you visuals of tonight’s Matchday Programme, but I was unable to grab one on my way in, however, team news is only 30 minutes away, do you think Moyes will be unchanged? Let us know on Twitter, join the pre-match discussion.

6:25 PM: While we wait for team news here in East London, why not get up to date with my extensive Preview of this evening’s game, find it here:¬†https://www.moorethanjustaclub.com/match-preview/match-preview-west-ham-united-vs-arsenal-premier-league-matchday-seventeen/.

6:15 PM: Just had charming conversations with ex-Hammers Mark Ward and Dean Ashton here in the Lounge, their score predictions?

Mark Ward: West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea.

Dean Ashton: West Ham United 2-2 Chelsea.

6:05 PM: And to finish a Christmas Pudding truly delicious, food aside, kick-off is now less than two hours away, what a London Derby it promises to be.

6:00 PM: Tonight’s main course here in The Press Lounge, Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas has come early at The London Stadium.

5:35 PM: Here is what tonight’s Accreditation looks like, we will be bringing you team news in around one hour and 30 minutes’ time, stay tuned.

5:30 PM: Good evening from a very chilly London Stadium, we have arrived in the toasty Press Lounge to bring you live build-up, text commentary and exclusive reaction from tonight’s Premier League clash with Arsenal, stay with us right till the end tonight, I guarantee¬†it will be worth it, you can start by following me on Twitter @Lukegcoyi and us @MooreThanAClub, as ever, thank you very much for tuning in.

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.