West Ham trounced by London rivals

By Giles Broadbent on January 24, 2013 10:26 AM |


West Ham saw themselves easily overtaken by a slick Arsenal side which put five past them at the Emirates stadium.

To compound their misery, the team saw rookie Dan Potts stretchered off and taken to hospital following a horrible aerial collision.

West Ham United confirmed that the left-back will undergo scans and further assessment in hospital today, Thursday.

After the accidental clash with Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna he was attended to by the club's medical staff and on-site pitch rescue team contributing to 12 minutes of injury time. Social network sites lit up with good wishes for the teenager who spent Wednesday night in hospital.

On the pitch, Sam Allardyce hailed the "genius" of the North Londoners who put Jack Collison's early strike in the shade with a showcase of precision passing and spectacular finishing.

Podolski, Cazorla, Walcott and two from Giroud left the Irons almost spectators in what was an exciting match for the neutral. The last four happened in a blur.

"It was a horrible 12 minutes for us," Allardyce said. "When they hit top gear, we just couldn't live with them. They tore us apart."

West Ham have now only won twice in 14 league and cup games since the end of November.