[Player Rating] Arsenal 4-1 West Ham: Ramsey And Lacazette Sparkle As Iwobi Is Poor
A late flurry of goals saw Arsenal brush aside London rivals West Ham to record a 4-1 win. arsenal players decided to give Wenger an excellent send forth in the wake of the French coach decision to step down at the end of the season.
The first half ended in a stalemate and on the resumption of the second stanza, the Gunners had to wait until the 51st, but in the 64th minute, Marko Arnautovic restored parity for West Ham.
A flurry of goals in the last eight minutes of the match saw goals by Aaron Ramsey and a brace by Alexandre Lacazette made the score 4-1 in favour of Arsenal.
This is a huge morale booster ahead of the tough Europa League Semi-Final clash against Atletico Madrid on Thursday night, the scoreline is a bit flattering but the win will put the players in the right frame of mind ahead of the Atletico challenge.
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Arsenal Player ratings
David Ospina, 5/10
Petr Cech missed the match as a result of hip injury and David Ospina kept the goal in his place. Ospina was solid in goal and can not be faulted for the goal he conceded. He might still be in goal on Thursday night against Atletico since he is the designated European competition goalkeeper.
Hector Bellerin, 6/10
Bellerin had a good game, he was solid in defence and lively joining the attack, however, he should expect a tougher challenge against Atletico on Thursday night.
Laurent Koscielny, 5/10
Laurent Koscielny is not the player he used to be a few seasons ago, he was given a run around by Marco Arnautovic and was caught out of position a couple of times.
Shkodran Mustafi, 5/10
Mustafi has been woeful in the last couple of matches, he is guilty of ball watching most times and that has caused Arsenal dearly this season. Although his performance was slightly better in this match, he is still very unreliable in defence.
Nacho Monreal, 7/10
The Spain international has been on a scoring spree this season and continued that form in this match with an excellent left-footed finish in the 51st minute to open the scoring for Arsenal. He now has three goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.
MF Granit Xhaka, 7/10
The Swiss international is also another Arsenal player that seems to have hit form very late in the season. He was responsible for providing Nacho Monreal’s opening goal with an excellent out-swinging corner from the left-hand side. His passing was sumptuous and instrumental in helping Arsenal win the midfield battle.
Mohamed Elneny, 6/10
It is quite painful that the Egyptian might miss the rest of the season through an injury, his recent form has been commendable and he was excellent in this match. He picked up an injury in the 45th minute and was replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Aaron Ramsey, 610
The Walsh midfielder replaced Mesut Ozil at the No. 10 role and struggled to make any meaningful impact on the game until he scored Arsenal’s second goal.
Alex Iwobi, 5 /10
The Nigerian went back to the Alex Iwobi we have been used to seeing all season, although his performances in recent matches have been commendable. Iwobi was poor in this match, his passing was off and his decision-making bad.
Danny Welbeck, 6/10
He made himself the tormentor in chief of the West Ham defence. Welbeck looked like the Arsenal player most likely to make something happen. He may probably be starting in the Europa League match in Mid-Week on the evidence of this performance.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 6/10
He came on for Elneny in the 45th and he played as a central midfielder.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 6/10
He replaced Iwobi in the 70th minute and helped Arsenal to increase pressure on the Hammers defence.
Calum Chambers, NA
Introduced for Welbeck in the 88th minute as Arsenal switched to a back three. There was not enough playing time to rate him.