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How we rated the Irons v Arsenal

Gonzo hands out his marks
Fabianski:  Constantly under pressure and forced to kick by Arsenal’s pressing. Spectacular save from Tierney and a penalty save. 10

Coufal:  Sent off. Good concentration and blocking. Unlucky with the second yellow and penalty. 6
Dawson:  Thwarted a certain goal with a magnificent tackle on Martinelli then repeated it against Xaka later in the half. Couldn’t keep up such high standards in the second half. 9
Diop: Had to deal with persistent back passes from Masuaku as Arsenal pinned Hammers into their own half. 6
Masuaku:  Had the hardest gig of the evening trying to mark Saka. 5
Rice:  Worked his socks off and as usual looked like West Ham’s best player for parts of the match. Clearly frustrated with a lack of quality around him. 7
Soucek:  Played most of the first half just outside the 18 yard box such was Arsenal’s dominance but tackled superbly.  6
Bowen:  Full of energy and running, a massive help to Coufal. Threatened the Arsenal goal during a rare West Ham attack.  7
Lanzini:  Along with Rice he was in a minority asking for the ball to feet but unable to impact the game.  6
Fornals:  Almost scored in the first half with a delicious curled effort. Anonymous for large parts. 5
Antonio: Too many indulgent dribbles with no pass to teammates. Moyes swapped him to the wing. 5
Benrahma:  On for Lanzini with 15 mins to go. Gave the ball away for Arsenal’s second goal. Harsh to give him a rating based on such a short stint but he wasn’t too clever.
Ashby: On late and did nothing wrong 5

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2 comments on “How we rated the Irons v Arsenal

  1. Pretty spot on with the ratings, would be rude to rate Benrahma … IMHO it would be OK with me if Masuaku never plays for West Ham again.

  2. Fab a 9. Not quite close to 10.
    Agreed with Blimey.
    Masuaku the reason we allowed tgem to attack us so much.
    Masuaku made Xhaka look like Messi.
    Ghosting past him as though he wasn’t there.
    Diop stopped passing to him as he always received a poor pass back.
    The Worst player I have seen in a long time at the club.

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