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Premier League: Player ratings for Arsenal vs West Ham United

A former Gunner shone in goal for the visiting side while another ex-Arsenal man had a poor showing in midfield.

Prithviraj Dev | New Delhi | Updated :

Arsenal vs West Ham United was the highlight clash of the Premier League on Saturday and the London Derby certainly was no damp squib as the Gunners ran out 3-1 winners at the Emirates Stadium.

Marko Arnautovic gave the visitors the lead with a fine strike midway into the first-half, but Nacho Monreal would equalise soon after to leave the tie evenly poised at the interval.

The half-time introduction of Alexandre Lacazette proved to be an inspired one as the French forward’s cross-shot hit Issa Diop before bouncing into the net and Danny Welbeck would make sure of the spoils for the North Londoners late in the tie.

It was an open-ended clash in the English capital and here are The Statesman’s player ratings:


Petr Cech

The veteran is definitely improving, but how long can he keep Bernd Leno out of the XI?

Smart stops to keep Arsenal in the game as usual.

Rating: 6/10

Nacho Monreal

Defensively still found wanting, but did score the leveller and his offensive contributions cannot be overlooked.

Rating: 6/10


Got booked at the death but truth be told, struggled from kick off to keep tabs on the likes of Arnautovic.

Rating: 5/10

Shkodran Mustafi

Like his central defensive partner, didn’t get his positioning quite right and on another day, West Ham could have scored three.

Rating: 5/10

Hector Bellerin

Defensively adept for a change, but his crosses were on point against the Irons and one was gleefully converted by Welbeck right at the death.

Rating: 6/10

Granit Xhaka

Improved showing from the Swiss midfielder.

Rating: 6/10

Matteo Guendouzi

All over the place.

Showed his inexperience and was hooked for Torreira before the hour mark.

Rating: 4/10

Alex Iwobi

Struggled to match last week’s heroics and was sacrificed for a tactical change at the interval.

Did good to assist Monreal for the opener.

Rating: 6/10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Armenian was at the heart of all of Arsenal’s forays, in both halves.

Had his teammates been a bit more prolific, would have had a couple of assists.

Rating: 7/10

Aaron Ramsey

Energetic showing, as always.

Lacked that extra bit of quality in the final third though.

Rating: 6/10

Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang

Much better showing than his horror-show against Chelsea, but that isn’t saying much.

Rating: 6/10


Alexandre Lacazette

Not for the first time this season, made a splash when he came on in the second half.

Effectively forced the winner and deserves to start, either with Aubameyang or solo.

Rating: 7/10

Lucas Torreira

The South American hardman was quite decent  n the ball as well and played a vital role in the third goal.

Rating: 7/10

Danny Welbeck

Cool finish to kill off the game.

Rating: 7/10

West Ham United

Lukasz Fabianski

Easily the standout player.

Made a string of superb stops to keep his side in the game until the Gunners pulled away in the second period.

Rating: 8/10

Athur Masuaku

Couldn’t cope with Arsenal’s swift attacks, especially after Lacazette’s introduction.

Rating: 5/10

Fabian Balbuena

Evening to forget for the Paraguayan defender as he and Diop let the team down at crucial junctures.

Rating: 4/10

Issa Diop

Unlucky to score the own goal, but on the whole it was a poor debut and he did nothing to suggest he should start the next game.

Got a yellow, to add insult to injury.

Rating: 3/10

Ryan Fredericks

Not the English fullback’s finest night. Got cautioned for

Rating: 5/10

Jack Wilshere

Perhaps was trying to hard to impress against his former side and overcomplicated things unnecessarily.

Rating: 4/10

Carlos Sanchez

Drafted into the side after Noble’s injury, the Colombian struggled to impose himself on the tie.

Rating: 5/10

Michael Antonio

Got himself into a few good positions, but couldn’t quite convert anything that came his way.

Rating: 5/10

Felipe Anderson

Probably the former Lazio man’s best outing in a Hammers shirt.

Smart assist to set up Arnautovic for the opener.

Rating: 6/10

Robert Snodgrass

The game largely bypassed him.

Rating: 5/10

Marko Arnautovic

Another productive outing from the mercurial Austrian as his cool finish game the Hammer the lead.

Missed a couple of good chances though, and it’s not a coincidence that post his exit, the away side looked rather blunt in attack.

Rating: 7/10



Replaced  the injured Arnautovic in the second half and his smart running did cause the Arsenal backline a few problems.

Rating: 6/10

Lucas Perez

Definitely should have done better with that chance late in the second half.

Rating: 5/10

Andriy Yarmolenko

Not a bad outing from the Ukranian, but needs to do more if he’s to be selected ahead of the likes of Anderson.

Rating: 6/10