Arsenal beats West Ham 3-1 in Premier League

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm •  Published: April 15, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Lukas Podolski scored twice as Arsenal came from a goal down to beat West Ham 3-1 in the Premier League on Tuesday and provisionally reclaim the last Champions League spot.

Arsenal trailed to Matthew Jarvis' 40th-minute opener, but Podolski equalized before the break and Arsenal dominated the second half.

Olivier Giroud made amends for an earlier miss by showing off a delicate touch in the area to put Arsenal ahead in the 55th and Podolski finished off the win with another clinical strike in the 78th.

Arsenal leapfrogged Everton into fourth place, although the Merseyside club is only one point behind with a game in hand.

"It was a hard-fought win, but a very, very important one," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "The key was (to score) just before halftime. In the second half we controlled well the game."

Coming off their penalty-shootout win against Wigan in the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday, Arsenal looked sluggish at the start.

West Ham was the better team for the first 30 minutes, but when the opening goal came it was against the run of play following a period of sustained Arsenal pressure.

Kim Kallstrom, making his first start for Arsenal since joining on loan in January, lost track of Antonio Nocerino down the right flank as the West Ham player broke into the area. Nocerino's shot was stopped by Wojciech Szczesny, but Jarvis was there to head in the rebound in a goalmouth scramble.

Jarvis then could have earned a penalty shortly afterward when Bacary Sagna clearly clipped his legs in the area, but he stayed on his feet and the referee waved play on.

"I'm grateful for that," Wenger said about Jarvis staying on his feet. "I don't think it was a penalty, but he touched him. Can you be too honest? I'll leave you that judgement."