Arsenal battle to victory at West Ham

West Ham United's Andy Carroll and Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny
West Ham United's Andy Carroll and Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny

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Arsenal battled to a 2-1 win at West Ham to close in on the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

The Irons, who had started the day in fifth place, saw an early long-range effort from midfielder Alex Song ruled out for offside before Arsenal went ahead on 41 minutes through a penalty from Santi Cazorla,

The visitors doubled their lead before half-time with a close-range finish from Danny Welbeck.

A header by Cheikhou Kouyate reduced the deficit at the start of the second half and Arsenal had to withstand plenty of pressure, but they also forced a string of fine saves from Adrian on the break as they held out to move level with Southampton, whom they play on New Year’s Day.