Arsenal player ratings v West Ham: 27-year-old is 9/10
By Alex Stevens
Football Insider rates the Arsenal players after their 5-1 win against West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.
Petr Cech 7 – Hardly anything to do but looked commanding in his box when he needed to be. Couldn’t do anything about the goal.
Gabriel 8 – Pulled up just before half-time and Wenger must have been fearing the worst, but he was okay. Played well in a position that isn’t his own.
Shkodran Mustafi 7 – Solid part of a defence that never really looked like conceding, until Dimitri Payet assisted Andy Carroll with another of his brilliant free kicks.
Laurent Koscielny 8 – Arsenal’s rock at the back and made a vital block to stop a certain West Ham goal.
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Nacho Monreal 7 – Space to roam on the left but couldn’t deliver the final ball. Decent at the back.
Francis Coquelin 7 – Picked up a yellow card for kicking the ball away but pressed well and had a decent game.
Granit Xhaka 7 – Relatively anonymous but helped Arsenal control the middle and is one of the few Gunners players willing to shoot on sight.
Theo Walcott 6 – Had a couple of decent chances and should have scored when he had a free header early on in the second half.
Mesut Ozil 8 – Won’t score many easier goals and should have had an assist as well. A solid display.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7 – Enjoyed lots of space on the left but couldn’t deliver the final ball when he had time to punish the west ham defence. Made amends with a great goal late on.
Alexis Sanchez 9 – Displayed his full range of skills and looked for the ball everywhere. The 27-year-old laid the opening goal on a plate for Ozil and scored Arsenal’s second, which was a wonderful solo effort, before completing his hat-trick. The best player on the pitch by a mile. Unplayable.
Ramsey (for Walcott 65mins) 6
Elneny (for Coquelin 87mins) 5
Iwobi (for Ozil 87mins) 5