West Ham 3-3 Arsenal: Player Ratings

Written by Edward Pitt

March 21, 2021

Well what a game! Arsenal started atrociously, particularly at the back. We conceded 2 goals before we even got going. Then a Thomas Soucek goal made it 3. At the half-hour mark all fans were thinking here we go again. Same old Arsenal. Another shambolic display. But in the last 10 minutes of the first half, we were showing signs that we might react that the poor start. Odegaard, Lacazette and Chambers in particular were causing real issues for West Ham in the final third, which was reward by a Soucek O.G. forced by Lacazette volley. The second half continued were we left off. We piled on the pressure early on and saw a number of chances go begging. Eventually, we made it 3-2 with Chambers helping to force another O.G. We didn’t stop there, piling the pressure on for the rest of the game. Eventually, we were rewarded as Pepe found Lacazette with a towering header. Defensively one of the worst performances I’ve seen under Arteta. But in terms of our goal threat, we could have scored a lot more than 3 on another day. Here’s how I’d rate the players’ performances

LENO – 6: Could do nothing for Lingaard’s opener, nor for the lucky deflection off Soucek for West Ham’s third. There were a number of people at fault for the second goal, and Leno is one of them. Firstly, a keeper needs to be shouting and organising. He can see the whole picture and needs to get people in the right position. Then the shot was at his near post and just creeps through his hands. The rest of his game was decent, making a couple of important saves. But he should do better with that goal

CHAMBERS – 8: Normally, when you play a CB at RB you’d expect them to be solid defensively but not offer much going forward. Well Chambers was completely the opposite. Benrahma gave him a real torrid time in the first half. He settled into the game eventually though and was able to defend a bit better. Going forward, it took him a while to get the confidence to get forward, but when he did he was a real threat. His deliveries were always dangerous and awkward to defend. I still don’t think he’s a right back, but I’m glad that he was able to recover from a shaky start to the game

LUIZ – 4: I’m sorry but I thought Luiz was shocking today. The best way to describe it is he was waiting for the game to come to him. He didn’t take charge which is really disappointing from the most experienced player on the pitch. Antonio was running rings around him and he never looked settled

MARI – 5: Was slightly better than Luiz but only really because Antonio drifted over to Luiz’s side more. Neither CB could get a hold of the game

TIERNEY – 6: Sloppy at times at the back and has to take most of the blame for their second goal. Bowen ultimately is his man to deal with. Going forward he was decent though and after a shaky start he recovered to start defending a lot better

PARTEY – 5: I think that was probably his worst game in an Arsenal shirt. He couldn’t deal with the intensity of the West Ham midfield and was really poor in the first half with some really sloppy passes. His second half was a lot better but nothing too special

XHAKA – 6: I actually thought he was playing better than Partey; he just wasn’t quite as sloppy in that first half. I understand why he got subbed instead of Partey though with us chasing the game

SAKA – 7: Was causing some problems with his runs in the first half but was missing that end product

ODEGAARD – 9: My MOTM without a shadow of a doubt. He was involved in literally everything. He pre-assisted every goal that we scored today. He just seemed untouchable today. Rarely lost the ball and was always picking up dangerous pockets of space. He is showing more and more as the weeks go by why Arsenal should sign him permanently in the summer

AUBAMEYANG – 4: I can’t remember him getting a significant touch on the ball. Lost the ball too easy. Couldn’t hold the ball up. Lazy in his pressing. His laziness today was made so clear by their 3rd goal. Tierney loses the ball but sprints back to block Bowen’s cross. His block falls into a gap which Coufal had moved into, but Aubameyang just didn’t go with him. It’s about time we give him some time out of the team. We are proving that, unlike last season, we don’t need him to score our goals. So let’s give the chances to players more deserving like Martinelli

LACAZETTE – 8: He should be the first name on the team sheet right now for me. The difference between him and Auba today was palpable. He is a great, natural number 9 who is so integral to picking the ball up and making space for others. He drops into midfield, the centre backs want to follow him, meaning whoever Laca lays it off to has the space to really cause the defence some problems. Today he showed he brings goals as well as good link up play with 2 crucial goals (though one of them was chalked off for an own goal). Arteta needs to play him every week and realise how important he is to us

SUBS:

SMITH ROWE – 6: Didn’t have much time to do too much but he worked so hard. Declan Rice went on a mazy run and Smith Rowe ran the length of the pith to get back and make sure Rice didn’t just play a simple pass to Antonio who was well placed to put the game out of reach

PEPE – 7: Was really direct. That’s how I want him to play. Sometimes I think he thinks for too long about what he wants to do, but with Arsenal in such a desperate situation, he was wasting no time. A great ball on his weak foot to set up Lacazette’s equaliser

MARTINELLI – N/A: Didn’t have enough time to put his mark on the game

ARTETA – 6: Credit for what I’m sure was an enraged half time team walk, but our slow start and laziness at the start of the game has to be his responsibility. We’ve had a number of poor starts to games, Arteta needs to learn from this and make sure it doesn’t happen again if we are to go anywhere with these players

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