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“No Pierre, no problem” – Player ratings as Arsenal beat 10-man West Ham to go fourth in the Premier League

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:25, 15 December 2021


In an impressive night of football, Arsenal dominated and defeated 10-man West Ham at the Emirates.

The Gunners were superior from start to finish as they put West Ham to the sword, winning 2-0 to go fourth in the Premier League.

Here’s how the players rated at the Emirates Stadium:


Arsenal

Aaron Ramsdale – 7 – Really solid coping with whatever was thrown at him, including a couple of spicy backpasses.

Takehiro Tomiyasu – 7 – Defended his flank tenaciously.

Ben White – 7 – Rock solid at the back. Refused to allow West Ham any space around him.

Gabriel – 7 – Really impressive again. Completely shut down West Ham’s attacks and really handled the threat of Michail Antonio.

Kieran Tierney – 7 – Not quite at his flying best but still a constant menace in attack.

Thomas Partey – 6 – Wasn’t quite as silky as his team-mates but did well.

Granit Xhaka – 6 – Kept things ticking over without being really impressive.

Martin Odegaard – 7 – Fantastic yet again, linking play and causing danger.

Bukayo Saka – 8 – Tortured Arthur Masuaku all night long. Oozing confidence and skill right now and was a creative hub for the Gunners. Stretched, slammed and suffocated West Ham all night.

Gabriel Martinelli – 8 – Sensational goal to open the scoring. Burst away from the West Ham defence with speed and finished calmly. Was a positive presence all night and looks an essential inclusion in the starting XI for the vertical depth he offers.

Alexandre Lacazette – 8 – This was 99% of a really impressive display. Led Arsenal’s press all night long and provided a supreme assist for Arsenal’s opener. Of course he also missed the penalty that should have made it 2-0, albeit he did win it with a spectacular dive. Never stopped running, never stopped pressing. No Pierre, no problem? Lacazette is the man Arsenal need up-front.

Substitutes:

Emile Smith Rowe (for Odegaard 66′) – 7 – Scored a lovely goal to put Arsenal 2-0 up and seal victory.

Eddie Nketiah (for Martinelli 82′) – n/a – Came on late.

Nuno Tavares (for Lacazette 88′) – n/a – Came on late.


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West Ham

Lukasz Fabianski – 7 – Made several stunning saves, including a super save from Lacazette’s penalty, to keep Arsenal at bay.

Vladimir Coufal – 6 – Couldn’t keep up with Gabriel Martinelli all night, and while his red card was harsh he didn’t play well besides that.

Craig Dawson – 8 – An absolutel heroic display at the heart of the West Ham defence, blocking countless shots with well-timed interventions. Did his very best to keep Arsenal out but in the end it wasn’t enough.

Issa Diop – 7 – He’s no Kurt Zouma, but tonight he put in an impressive display, including a massive block from Saka.

Arthur Masuaku – 7 – He did work defensively, including a game-high 7 tackles and 4 interceptions. But he was so poor in attack and Arsenal really missed having Aaron Cresswell at the back to negotiate the Arsenal press.

Tomas Soucek – 7 – Defended solidly enough with a game-high 7 clearances but wasn’t enough of a force in attack.

Declan Rice – 6 – Was subdued in attack but defended decently enough.

Jarrod Bowen – 4 – Could not get going at all. Everything he tried failed to come off.

Pablo Fornals – 4 – Really poor. Didn’t generate anything of note when West Ham needed him to.

Manuel Lanzini – 5 – Probably West Ham’s best attacker but that wasn’t saying much.

Michail Antonio – 4 – Woefully out of sorts. Was not even a little bit of a threat.

Substitutes:

Said Benrahma (for Lanzini 76′) – 5 – Looked a bit more lively than his team-mates but still couldn’t impact the game.

Harrison Ashby (for Fornals 84′) – n/a – Came on late.

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