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Odegaard Gets 8.5, Saka With 8 | Arsenal Players Rated In Impressive Victory Vs West Ham United

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Arsenal entertained West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to earn a good result at home. The Premier League leaders made a decent start to the game but conceded the opening goal in the 27th minute when Said Benrahma scored from the spot. Mikel Arteta’s men failed to come up with a response and went into the half-time interval 1-0 down on the scoreline.

The Gunners mounted an incredible comeback in the second half as they scored the equaliser via Bukayo Saka’s calm finish in the 53rd minute. Gabriel Martinelli completed the turnaround with a clinical strike just five minutes later. Eddie Nketiah stepped up and sealed the win for Arsenal when he got his name on the scoresheet in the 69th minute. The London derby ended with the Gunners earning an impressive 3-1 victory in front of their home fans.

Let’s take a look at how each Arsenal player fared during the match against the Hammers.

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 7/10

The English keeper made a few important saves at the back and did enough to restrict West Ham to just one goal.

RB: Ben White – 7/10

White gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field and had a couple of lively moments in the opponent’s half.

CB: William Saliba – 6.5/10

The French talent was solid for most of the game and was good on the ball as well.

CB: Gabriel – 7/10

He cleared the danger when needed and was a strong presence in the air.

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Emirates Stadium

LB: Kieran Tierney – 6.5/10

He earned the ball back once and made one decent run with the ball.

CM: Martin Odegaard – 8.5/10

Odegaard engineered some inviting chances for others around him and was always willing to run with the ball. He has got two assists to show for his efforts.

CM: Thomas Partey – 7/10

He anchored the midfield with a lot of conviction. However, Partey struggled to influence the game in the final third.

CM: Granit Xhaka – 7.5/10

Xhaka was a positive influence at both ends of the field and was accurate with his passing.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 8/10

The England international was a constant menace down the right flank and scored the all-important equaliser for Arsenal.

ST: Eddie Nketiah – 7/10

He was a real threat inside the West Ham penalty box and kept his composure to find the back of the net with a tidy finish in the second half.

LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 7.5/10

Martinelli was sometimes a bit wasteful in the final third but scored a good goal to give his team the lead near the hour mark.

Substitutes:

LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6/10

He offered very little after coming on as a substitute.

CM: Fabio Viera – N/A

Viera struggled to influence the game in the final third.

CM: Mohamed Elneny – N/A

He hardly had any time to make an impact.

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