Song's high note sounds little off key to Wenger

Arsenal 1 West Ham United 0

The Arsenal fans are often accused of being some of the quietest in the country, but they found their voice after their 88th-minute winner, belting out the refrain, "We've only got one Song" in honour of their match-winner, Alex Song.

Arsenal themselves were slightly off tune, missing the invention of the suspended Jack Wilshere and with Cesc Fabregas not quite at his best. Yet they created more than enough chances to win the game by a distance and would have done so but for the form of the West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green whose performance almost earned his side an unlikely point. Almost, but not quite. Despite the array of attacking talent on the pitch for Arsenal, the game was won by two of their more defensive players. The left-back Gaël Clichy pushed forward and moved inside before laying an inviting ball across the goalmouth which Song converted with his head.

Their manager Arsène Wenger was mightily relieved, although he warned that Song gets forward a little too regularly for his liking. "We didn't do anything stupid and tried to be intelligent and that is why we scored," Wenger said. "Song had three good chances, he has added that to his game. He has got the taste to go forward, sometimes a little too much for a holding midfielder."

Arsenal, returning to the Emirates on the back of a pair of crushing away victories, 3-0 at Manchester City and 4-0 at Newcastle United, started brightly but lost their way.

West Ham stood up well to the task of keeping Arsenal at arm's length from their goal, with striker Victor Obinna asked to play wide on the left of a five-man midfield. With Scott Parker bristling with aggression and Mark Noble full of running, West Ham maintained their shape with a discipline that belied their position at the foot of the Premier League.

Green was the game's outstanding performer, providing evidence that he is moving on after his World Cup howler for England against the USA. He pulled off three quite outstanding saves in the first half to keep West Ham on level terms.

Green dived at full stretch to deny a shot from Fabregas which crowned an incisive passing move involving Song and Bacary Sagna. Minutes later he swooped low to his right for a one-handed reflex save in answer to Song's drive from the angle. And before the half was out Green had tipped away Sébastien Squillaci's arching header following a corner.

The match continued in much the same vein in the second half, as the level of Arsenal frustration began to grow. Samir Nasri struck the bar with a glorious swerving free-kick from 35 yards and Marouane Chamakh could do no better with a header than guide it straight into the arms of Green.

Wenger introduced Theo Walcott and the winger went close when he fired a shot across Green which struck the far post and rebounded into the arms of the grateful keeper.

Arsenal however did not panic and were rewarded with Song's goal that keeps West Ham rooted to the bottom of the League. Hammers manager Avram Grant tried to cling to positives. "We are not in a situation where we cannot do it," he said. "Even if we were in April it would not be the end of the world. We need to turn good performances into results."

Attendance: 60,086

Referee: Michael Jones

Man of the match: Green

Match rating: 6/10

News
The surrealist comedian at the Q Awards in 2010
people
News
Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
peopleRussell Brand cancels his book launch debate due to concerns about the make-up of the panel
Sport
Christiano Ronaldo enjoys his opening goal
champions leagueLiverpool 0 Real Madrid 3: Ronaldo and Benzema run Reds ragged to avenge thrashing from their last visit to Anfield
Arts and Entertainment
Awesome foursome: Sam Smith shows off his awards
music22-year-old confirms he is 2014’s breakout British music success
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Six of the 76 Goats' cheese samples contained a significant amount of sheep's cheese
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Contestants during this summer's Celebrity Big Brother grand finale
tvBroadcaster attempts to change its image following sale to American media group
Extras
indybest
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Nicholas Serota has been a feature in the Power 100 top ten since its 2002 launch
art
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Dales attempts to sell British Breeze in the luxury scent task
tvReview: 'Apprentice' candidate on the verge of tears as they were ejected from the boardroom
News
Call me Superman: one of many unusual names chosen by Chinese students
newsChinese state TV offers advice for citizens picking a Western moniker
News
Wilko Johnson is currently on his farewell tour
people
Voices
New look: Zellweger at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
voicesRenée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity, says Amanda Hess
News
Let’s pretend: KidZania in Tokyo
educationKidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day
Life and Style
CHARGE BOOSTER: Aeroplane mode doesn't sound very exciting, but it can be a (phone) hacker's friend. Turning on the option while charging your mobile will increase the speed at which your phone battery charges
techNew book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone
Arts and Entertainment
Julianne Moore and Ellen Page are starring together in civil rights drama Freeheld
film
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?