Arsenal 3 – West Ham 0: Player Ratings

That’s exactly what we needed after our recent run of form, especially with Liverpool dropping points against Bournemouth.

 

Emiliano Martinez – 7
Kept a clean sheet for his first start of the season and managed to make two good saves.

 

Hector Bellerin – 7.5
Should have scored and picked up a stupid yellow card. However, he played well and is starting to look like his former self, although he’s still managing to get beaten for pace which would of never have happened last season.

 

Shkodran Mustafi – 7.5
Managed to cope well with Andy Carroll, also brought the ball forward well from the back.

 

Gabriel – 8
Was calm and collected throughout the whole game, was one of his best games in an Arsenal shirt. Hopefully, we can see more of this of this Gabriel.

 

Nacho Monreal – 7
He really should have had two penalties, the officials in the match were really diabolical! Although, he had another solid display, following on from the City game.

 

Mohamed Elneny – 7
Got in some great positions and kept the play following from back to front.

 

Granit Xhaka – 8
Starting to really come into his own, worked well with Elneny and his distribution was superb moving play from defence to attack.

 

Theo Walcott  – 8
Captained the Gunners and worked hard throughout the night, also managed to not throw a hissy fit when he got substituted.

 

Mesut Ozil – 9
Got an assist and goal, so you can’t really ask much more from a player. His confidence is starting to come back, which is great to see.

 

Alexis Sanchez – 7
Whenever he got the ball he tried to make something happen, which is what you want to see from a player. However, he did give the ball away a few times.

 

Danny Welbeck – 7
Never really got into the game, but who can blame him, as he’s still trying to get back to full fitness.

 

Substitutes
Olivier Giroud – 7

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7

Aaron Ramsey – 6

Jenkinson – It’s great to be back at Arsenal

After Carl Jenksinson’s long awaited comeback last night in the league cup, the English right back said that he needs to try and force his way into the starting eleven. The Gunners managed to see off Reading with two goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to see them progress to the next round of the EFL Cup.

 

Wenger sent the English defender on loan as it looked like he would struggle to get much game time at the Emirates with the emergence of Hector Bellerin.

 

This is what he had to say to Arsenal.com about how he needs to force his way into the team:

 

“Hector has been fantastic so far,” he said, “and he rightly deserves to be playing regularly.

“He has been brilliant so it is up to me when I get chances to play as well as I can and push him as well as I can.

“I have just got to keep grafting away, stay fit and play as much as I can and when I get opportunities I have got to take them.

“I have got my foot in the door, played against Reading and hopefully I can play in the next round and get some opportunities here.”

 

Jenkinson also spoke his time at West Ham and how great it is to be back at the club he’s supported all his life. The English right-back made 23 appearances for the Hammers and even scored two goals in the process. However the loan wasn’t as successful as the previous season where he made thirteen more appearances for the East London Club.

“I loved my time at West Ham,” he continued. “I played a lot of football and it was fantastic for me. It’s a great club and I enjoyed every minute I had there, but it is great for me to be back here now.

“Arsenal is my club and it is an honour every time I pull on the shirt. I still want to be good enough to play here.”

Koscielny furious with teammates

The French centre back has criticised the lack of cover the defence received yesterday as Arsenal drew 3-3 with West Ham.

 

The Gunners were 2-0 ahead, however Andy Carroll managed to get two back for the Hammers before the half time whistle. He then went on to score another shortly after half time, before Koscielny’s scored a 70th minute equaliser to secure a point for Arsenal.

 

Koscielny was furious that it was so easy for West Ham to get balls into the box, when the players knew that the Hammers had a great aerial threat in the Englishman Carroll.

 

“You can’t let them get a cross in easy because they have some good players on the wings,” he said.

 

“It is a job for everyone, not just the defenders/ The guys on the flanks need to help their team-mates with defending.”

 

The Frenchman didn’t blame it all on other players; he did accept some responsibility that the centre backs should have dealt better with the aerial duels.

 

“He is quality when it comes to heading the ball. If you want to win the duel, you need to be stronger and arrive early on the cross.”

 

With the Gunners only earning one point from the game, it looks like the title challenge is over for Arsenal. The North London club currently sit on 59 points, with Leicester and Tottenham on 69 and 62 points respectively.

Arsenal – West Ham: Live Blog

Hello all and welcome to today’s big London derby, West Ham v Arsenal – LIVE and brought to you by Arsenal’s official car and van rental partner Europcar.

Strap yourselves in; this should be good.

With a game in hand, Arsenal are just four points off Spurs’ second spot, and after a 4-0 demolition of Watford that was about as close to flawless as you can get, they will have confidence on the ball and the desire to secure a 3rd consecutive Premier League win.

Many may not have expected the Hammers to be challenging for a Champions League spot at this stage of the season, and their current standing is in large part due to Dimitri Payet.

He’s impressed the Premier League, interested parties abroad and France coach Didier Deschamps alike this season and must be the danger man for the Gunners to watch today.

Wenger’s men, though, have an Alexis Sanchez firing on all cylinders, an Alex Iwobi brimming with youthful energy and a backline that has kept two clean sheets in a row.