West Ham United clashed heads with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier tonight as they looked to earn a win in the London derby. The Hammers made a decent start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 27th minute courtesy of Said Benrahma’s penalty. David Moyes’ men defended their narrow lead well and managed to get to the half-time break 1-0 up on the scoreline.
However, the Hammers failed to restrict Arsenal in the second half and conceded the equaliser in the 53rd minute when Bukayo Saka found the back of the net. Just five minutes later, Gabriel Martinelli got his name on the scoresheet to complete the turnaround for the Gunners. Eddie Nketiah ended up killing the game off in the 69th minute when he scored as well. West Ham couldn’t help but crash to a 3-1 defeat at the Emirates.
Let’s take a look at how each West Ham United player performed during the match against the Gunners.
GK: Lukasz Fabianski – 6.5/10
He made a couple of solid saves at the back but should have done better to prevent Martinelli’s goal.
RB: Vladimir Coufal – 6.5/10
Coufal worked his socks off defensively but offered very little going forward.
CB: Craig Dawson – 6.5/10
He made a lot of crucial clearances inside his half and was strong in the air.
CB: Thilo Kehrer – 5.5/10
Kehrer was accurate with his passing but had a tough game on the defensive end of the pitch.
LB: Aaron Cresswell – 6/10
Cresswell made two crucial defensive contributions and was tidy with his passing.
CM: Declan Rice – 6/10
He anchored the midfield well at times and engineered a couple of inviting chances in the final third.
CM: Tomas Soucek – 6/10
Soucek came back to defend when required and made one good goal-scoring opportunity going forward.
RW: Jarrod Bowen – 6.5/10
He earned the ball back twice but was a bit untidy with his passing.
CAM: Lucas Paqueta – 6.5/10
The Brazilian talent fought for the loose ball at times and managed to create two meaningful openings in the Arsenal half.
LW: Said Benrahma – 6.5/10
He kept his composure to score from the penalty spot but was a bit wasteful in the second half.
ST: Michail Antonio – 6/10
Antonio worked hard but struggled to threaten the opposition goal.
CAM: Pablo Fornals – 6.5/10
The Spaniard had a couple of lively moments after coming off the bench.
ST: Divin Mubama – N/A
He hardly had any time to influence the game.