Liveblogging West Ham v. Arsenal, first half

Good morning Arsegoblins, a few news stories to catch you up on before the kickoff here in 5 minutes or so. The biggest story of the day has to be Harry Redknapp’s appointment to Spuds. Harry’s a damn fine coach and chronic blinker and I have to think that Spurs are going to have a hard time getting their money’s worth out of him — he’s costing Spuds $10m for the transfer plus his salary and the salaries of Ramos, Poyet, and Comolli. It’s a huge gamble, but really what else do you expect? Clearly, apart from his two off wins against Arsenal and Chelsea to win the Milk Cup he’s been one of the worst managers in Spuds long history of shitty managers.  If they didn’t do something, they were going to get relegated, I was just hoping that they waited until after the North London Derby.

Oh well.

In other weird news, Becks is heading to AC Milan, who I got to see this morning. What a weird team… Flamini was subbed at the 20th minute or so for some 86 year old Brazilian. And it’s not like he’s the only octogenarian on the club. They seem to be collecting old men, so I guess Becks will fit right in.

Shit.

Match is starting, BRB….

Oh yeah, Chelsea lost to Litterpool.

1′ They just showed the league table and my girlfriend just said “Wow, Hull City’s up there” yes, yes, they are.

1′ Bendtner and van Persie get the nod up front and Song gets a start next to Fabregas. Also Gallas is starting at the back, I think he’s sneaking a smoke.

3′ Looked like van Persie was pulled down there but no complaints from the Arsenal.

6′ Eboue plays in the exact wrong pass in the final third after a display of pretty good control. Wasted chance there.

8′ van Persie is playing awfully deep. Hmmm…

11′ West Ham is doing a good job controlling the tempo and Arsenal are doing a good job clearing their lines, this could be a 1-0 or even a 0-0 affair, which would be refreshing.

17′ yawn… hey did you hear that Joey Barton was pelted by Sunderland fans for kissing the Newcastle badge? This then, in turn started some fan violence and a pitch invasion and… police are investigating.

20′ Walcott with a great run and strike! Action! Good save by West Ham.

22′ Gallas is working hard, breathing heavy, get him some oxygen!

24′ Robert Green collects the ball clearly a yard over the line. Blown call by the assisstant Andy Williams.

25′ Great save by Green off some great interplay between Theo and Robin. Robin chests the ball down for Theo who is making a great diagonal run, collects and fires low. Green miraculously gets to the ball.

29′ Arsenal are caught out with a great pass from Parker to Bellamy, his shot is saved by the leg of Almunia. Gallas and Silvestre were caught out there and it’s just a great save from Almunia that saves Arsenal’s blushes.

31′ As poor as Song was in the middle of the defense, he’s really really good in the center of the park. Maybe he’s not as much of a utility player as Arsene thinks.

34′ For example, Song just trekked back the entire length of the pitch to nip the ball off Carlton Cole who had rampaged through the Arsenal midfield.

36′ DAMN! Green is having a monster of a game, he saves well off a great shot by Bendtner. The keepers are the difference so far in this match.  The commentator just said “the best goalless first half you’re likely to see all season.” I Agree.

42′ West Ham is getting tetchy and Parker rightly gets booked for a reckless tackle from behind. Arsenal get a free kick in a dangerous area… nothing.

45′ Right, 0-0 and I need some sausages or something, catch the second half over here.