West Ham 1 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ
Szczesny – 8
Claimed a lot of balls into the box with settled us massively during the first half. It was clearly instructed by Wenger and worked really well as it prevented West Ham gaining much momentum after they scored.
Debuchy – 7
He struggled defensively at times but aided the attack well. He tended to play more defensively than usual, again probably a command by Wenger and it worked well enough.
Mertesacker – 7
One of his better performances this season but he is still making mistakes here or there.
Koscielny – 8 (MOTM)
He was absolute quality today. He anticipated well and defended resolutely for the entire game. He makes Per play far better because they have a good relationship on the pitch.
Monreal – 6.5
He was on the back foot defensively for a lot of the game. O’Brein and Amalfitano were having a field day on their right. Monreal did sort it out eventually and provided good balls out from defence.
Flamini – 4
He was frankly non-existent for majority of the game. He didn’t get on the ball much at all and was easily bypassed when West Ham have the ball. He is a truly woeful footballer.
Coquelin – 7
He was actually impressive today. Showed good composure on the ball, didn’t hide and was good with interceptions and tackles in general. He needs to deputise as second choice DM over Flamini.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5
His football at the moment is patchy. He tends to go missing for periods of the game because he doesn’t occupy the right spaces. He does well on the ball but his end product tends to let him down. He even managed to get an assist today but there was a lot more there for him if he was a bit more intelligent on the ball.
Cazorla – 8
Another quality performance by the Spaniard. He seems revitalised at the moment. Maybe it’s because he’s playing centrally quite a bit but it’s great to see.
Alexis – 7
Generally, he was good on the ball and provided a lot of penetration on the counter. His finishing left a lot to be desired though but he was still the main driving force.
Welbeck – 7.5
He was very good today. Good dribbling, passing and he was always a threat. Scored a good goal and caused West Ham a lot of problems. He also defended well from the front.
Gibbs – N/A
Came late on and didn’t really impact the game
Chambers – N/A
Same as Gibbs.