Arsenal Stumble Against West Ham: Match Report

First Half Controversy

Arsenal missed their chance to climb to the top of the Premier League table as they faced a surprising 2-0 defeat against West Ham. The game started with controversy as Tomas Soucek scored for West Ham, with a debated call regarding the ball going out of play in the build-up. Despite a VAR check, the goal stood, putting Arsenal on the back foot early on.

Struggles Continue in Second Half

Mikel Arteta’s team struggled to capitalize on possession in the second half, conceding again as Konstantinos Mavropanos scored from a corner. Despite efforts to turn the tide, missed opportunities, including Gabriel Jesus’s squandered chances, left Arsenal frustrated and unable to find the net.

Player Ratings

Goalkeeper & Defence

  • David Raya (5/10): Little to do apart from conceding goals.
  • Ben White (5/10): Out of position during West Ham’s opener, creating defensive gaps.
  • William Saliba (5/10): Lacked usual composure but no major errors.
  • Gabriel (5/10): Mixed performance, slow reactions but solid on the ball.
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko (4/10): Ineffective in midfield and made defensive errors.

Midfield

  • Declan Rice (7/10): Impressive performance despite conceding a late penalty.
  • Martin Odegaard (7/10): Started well but lost momentum in the second half.
  • Leandro Trossard (6/10): Tried to create opportunities but lacked finishing quality.

Attack

  • Bukayo Saka (7/10): Threatening with shots and chances but unable to convert.
  • Gabriel Jesus (5/10): Pressed well but missed crucial chances.
  • Gabriel Martinelli (5/10): Subdued performance, replaced in the second half.

Substitutes & Managerial Impact

Substitutions like Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, and Emile Smith Rowe made minimal impact. Mikel Arteta, with a rating of 6/10, adapted tactics but couldn’t change the game’s outcome.

Summary

Arsenal’s missed chances and defensive lapses cost them a vital opportunity to reclaim the league’s top spot, resulting in a frustrating night at the Emirates Stadium.

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