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How we rated the Irons v Arsenal

West Ham were in brilliant form against Arsenal today, with Declan Rice’s first goal for the club proving decisive. Here’s how we rated the Irons…

Fabianski Largely untroubled, but did make a very good save from Lacazette in the first half. 7

Zabaleta A natural leader. He never stopped running, and Alex Iwobi couldn’t get the better of him. 8

Diop Looked completely at home and was never troubled. This is an excellent defender. 7

Ogbonna Perhaps his best display of the season, as he was calm and assured alongside Diop. 7

Cresswell Kept looking to bomb forward and sent in one very dangerous early cross. Assiduous in his defensive work too. 7

Noble Our skipper does love a derby and he was in fine form today. He kept the ball well and snapped into challenges, always aware Rice could bomb forward. 7

Rice The man of the hour. A peerless display in midfield, Rice snuffed out danger throughout the first half and could have scored with a header. Just minutes after the restart, he hit the winner with a phenomenal curling strike, and continued to read the game with a maturity beyond his years. 10

Antonio Perhaps the weakest player on the pitch for the Hammers, he was unlucky in that little he tried came off. But he did keep trying. 6

Nasri The former Arsenal star was given a predictably hostile reception but he seemed to thrive off it, making Rice’s goal and always looking to split the defence with a killer pass. 7

Anderson Arsenal simply couldn’t handle him. The Brazilian repeatedly terrified the Gunners with his mazy runs and nearly scored in the first half, sending a fizzing effort just wide. 8

Arnautovic This may have been his last game for the club, judging by his theatrical waving at his substitution but he played okay, linking play and occupying Arsenal’s defenders, even if he didn’t look like scoring. 6

Subs

Carroll Offered a different proposition up front but looked a tad leggy and was unable to control the ball. 5

Snodgrass Didn’t get on the ball much but was always willing to take it after Nasri went off. 6

Obiang Came on to sure things up, and did just that. 6

About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.
 

3 comments on “How we rated the Irons v Arsenal

  1. I think spot on really, I think the midfield two of noble and rice were very good today.I think your being a bit kind to arnautovic there giving him a 6, I thought he didn’t really do a thing, and his workrate slightly questionable if honest. If he goes good luck to him and we move on to get someone else in for the money..

  2. I would have given Nasri and Anderson 8 or 9 each they were superb and Oggy and Diop 8’s

  3. While I think you’ve got the balance about right, I’d be inclined to reduce all of the marks by 1 or 2 points. I think we were probably the better side on the day but that probably said more about Arsenal than it did us. I thought we lacked the pace and sharpness we’d started to show before the Dec/Jan fixture congestion took its toll on our energy levels.

    I was also disappointed with Antonio’s lack of tracking back, especially in the first half; he frequently left Zabaleta way too exposed and we were lucky Arsenal didn’t punish us for it.

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