POLL: Who was Arsenal's Man Of The Match against West Ham?

By Graham McNorthbank

There's still a long way to go in the Premier League this season and I believe all three teams at the top of the table will drop points - the hope of course is that we drop fewer than our opponents to finish the season in pole position.

And having enjoyed our latest spirited victory at home to West Ham on Saturday evening, I can report that there's a definite belief growing among both the team and the fans that this could be our season - the extra decibel levels at Emirates Stadium show that us Gooners have definitely been won over by what could be the youngest team in history to win the league.

In saying that, some of the older heads in the team should be commended too. Manuel Almunia has many detractors and I must admit that I go along with the notion that if there is one member of your first team that has not been capped, it should not be your 30-something goalkeeper. But his penalty save on Saturday was magnificent and just could be another of those moments we look back on at the end of the season as a defining moment.

Also worthy of a mention is Sol Campbell who has proved a capable deputy in the absense of the injured William Gallas. However Sol is splitting fans at the moment: some believe he is a tower of strength, while others see a player prone to mistakes - and potentially big mistakes at that. Myself and fellow Addict Avenell Dave disagree on this point and let's just say he is more pro Sol than I am, but the bottom line is that if Campbell can keep contributing to Arsenal keeping clean sheets, I don't really care how scarily slow he looks on the park if he can help himself to a Premier League winner's medal.

But as for our Man of the Match on Saturday, there are a couple of obvious candidates in my opinion. Alex Song was immense, both in midfield and defense when he forced backwards by the sending off of Thomas Vermaelen. So good was Song in the back four that I'm hoping Arsene Wenger keeps him as a centre back this weekend when we travel to Birmingham.

The other player I'd like to single out as a contender is Gael Clichy. Ever since Gael came back from injury he's struggled to find his form, but on Saturday he was back to his scintillating best and, in my opinion, put in his best performance of the past couple of years. If he's chosen now to start hitting form, I don't think many of us Gooners will complain. And if he can show more senior players the benefits of his pass and move game - yes, I'm talking to you Andrey Arshavin - then the team as a whole would step up another gear.

Other players who merit a mention include skipper Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Eboue and big Nic Bendtner. Indeed it was difficult to criticise any Arsenal player on Saturday - it was arguably the team performance of the season, defying the 10-man odds to secure another vital victory.

Anyhoo, click on the 'read more' link below to access our Man of the Match poll and vote for your most valuable player from the weekend's win over West Ham.