Saturday, 12 January 2019

Player Ratings as West Ham Decomission the Gunners



Lukasz Fabianski - 8

A clean sheet against his former employers will undoubtedly please him. Had to work for it as the Gooners piled out the pressure towards the end. Good distribution throughout the game provided the foundation of an assured performance.

Pablo Zabaleta - 8

How our defence looked so much more confident with him back and our overall shape was so much better. Class. Dont you wish he was 5 years younger!

Issa Diop - 8

Back to his best after a few below par performances since Zab and the General went out on sick leave. Looked like he enjoyed the battle with Arsenal's physical front unit.

Angelo Ogbonna- 8

Solid throughout with plenty of sound decision making and a determination to play out from the back. If reports of a two month absence for Balbuena are true, then Angelo demonstrated again that he is a fine replacement.

Aaron Cresswell - 8

Laid down his claim as our starting left back with a solid defensive performance along with a more than decent contribution up front as he and Felipe Anderson are finding the same frequency.

Declan Rice - 9.5

Absolutely outstanding. Wrecked Arsenal's momentum again and again in the match by always seeming to be there just when they looked to have finally picked our locks. Then topped it all off with the crucial goal! He looks bigger every time he walks on the pitch.

Mark Noble - 8.5

Captain Claret looked totally up for it from the kick off. Ran and ran and harried the opposition while constantly keeping us ticking over. There was a delightful cameo where he made a particular point of celebrating Rice's goal with him after the melee settled. Class.

Samir Nasri- 8

Pelle really dies a great job in player rehabilitation. Snodgrass, Antonio and now Nasri. Looked keen and sharp. Another great purchase by the wise one. Almost grabbed a goal early on. Left the field to massive applause - deserved too.

Felipe Anderson - 8.5.

What a signing! Not only is he our most exciting player going forward but he really puts in a decent defensive shift with his interceptions and as an outlet to break forward. Almost scored a cracker in the first half. Class - and keeps the opposition honest with his pace and dribbling ability. Even tried a Maradona-style run in the second half that almost came off....would have been our goal of the season for sure!

Michail Antonio

His best performance in a long time. Has rediscovered his pace and it all flows from there. Won an incredible amount of headers during the game and provided a level of  physical presence that allowed us to dominate for long periods and set up that winning platform.

Marko Arnautovic - 7

Understandably looked a bit distracted all afternoon. Let's hope we can avoid a Payet II affair. Regaining his match fitness with each passing week.

Substitutes

Andy Carroll - 7.5

A joyous entrance as he galloped about annoying the hell out of the Arsenal defence.

Robert Snodgrass- 7

Helped shore things up as we focused upon preventing an Arsenal equaliser.

Pedro Obiang - 7

Once again put in a solid 10 minutes as he helped us see the game out.



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