Arsenal 4 West Ham 0

  • By: Bill Pierce, PA Sport
  • Last Updated: May 22 2012, 10:01 BST

Dennis Bergkamp can't fly but as he led Arsenal to the top of the league in a

four-goal romp that humiliated West Ham, the Dutch striker showed once again

that he is the nearest thing to Superman in the Premiership.

On a night when Arsenal celebrated Ian Wright's record-busting achievements,

presenting him with a golden boot and a guard of honour, it was still Bergkamp -

the man who dare not set foot on an aeroplane - who soared over proceedings at a

ground where legends have been created.

His Holland team-mate Marc Overmars scored twice and Wright rattled in his

181st for the Gunners with a generously awarded penalty - all in the space of

seven explosive minutes at the end of the first half.

But Bergkamp was the man who started the spree with an exquisite touch and a

deft finish in the 11th minute and if the fates smiled more kindly on his

dazzling array of skills - the full range of them unveiled on a classic night of

Arsenal's sophistication - he would have collected at least a hat-trick to match

the trio he landed at Leicester last month.


Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon (Grimandi 15), Winterburn (Platt 45),

Vieira, Bould, Adams, Wright (Anelka 65), Bergkamp, Overmars,

Parlour, Petit.

Subs Not Used: Manninger, Boa Morte.

Goals: Bergkamp 12, Overmars 39, 45, Wright 42 pen.

West Ham: Miklosko, Breacker, Unsworth, Bishop, Hartson, Lomas,

Dowie, Ferdinand (Potts 81), Lazaridis, Lampard, Pearce.

Subs Not Used: Rowland, Forrest, Hodges, Coyne.

Booked: Dowie, Lampard, Lomas, Unsworth.

Att: 38,012

Ref: P E Alcock (Redhill).