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Arsenal 3-1 West Ham: PLAYER RATINGS

PUBLISHED: 16:56 25 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:56 25 August 2018

West Ham United's Ryan Fredericks in action during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PA

West Ham United's Ryan Fredericks in action during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PA

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Arsenal hosted London rivals West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday. Read on for Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS

Arsenal:

Petr Cech: 7 - The experienced keeper is certainly trying to buy into Emery’s ethos, and again pulled off a number of vital blocks and saves but he is not the man to take the head coach’s plans forward in the long term.

Hector Bellerin: 7 - Involved in the Gunners first half goal when he drove forward with pace prior to Monreal firing home. Still needs to work on his defensive discipline.

Sokratis: 6 - The jury is very much out on the former Borussia Dortmund centre-half.

Shkodran Mustafi: 6 - Jittery at times.

Nacho Monreal: 7 - Carried over his excellent scoring run from last season as he fired home the first goal of the new era at Emery’s Emirates

Matteo Guendouzi: 7 - Industrious and enthusiastic. Worked hard in destroying embryonic West Ham attacks and combined well with more attacking colleagues when feeding them the ball. A huge future awaits for the former Lorient youngster who always shows a great attitude if he keeps progressing

Granit Xhaka: 6 - Involved in a battle with Snodgrass but not dynamic enough to be a box-to-box midfielder, nor creative enough to be an attacking force, or disciplined enough to play as a defensive midfielder. Will soon be replaced by Lucas Torreira. Some will say it’s not a day too soon.

Aaron Ramsey: 6.5 - Thought he had made an immediate goalscoring return for the Gunners but his early header was ruled out for offside. Quiet by his standards.

Alex Iwobi: 7 - Has looked lively under Emery and the way he worked hard to dispossess the returning Wilshere meant he earned the loud cheers coming his way. Replaced at half-time

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 6.5 - Flitted in and out of the game. As is his wont

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 7 - Tormented the visiting defence through his pace and movement. Unlucky with a couple of long-range shots in the first half. Earned his ovation late on.

Substitute:

Alex Lacazette: 7 - On for Iwobi during the break. Involved in the goal.

Lucas Torreira: 7 - On for Guendouzi early in the second half

Danny Welbeck: 7.5 - Replaced Aubameyang late on to a good reception. Scored to seal the win late on

West Ham:

Lukasz Fabianski: 6.5 - Had a busy game but not as outstanding as he normally is when he returns to the Emirates in opposition colour.

Ryan Fredericks: 7.5 - The 25-year-old former Fulham defender worked hard to combat the threat of Aubameyang.

Fabian Balbuena: 6 - The 27-year-old Paraguayan signed on a three-year deal from Corinthians in the summer was not afraid to play it long when required despite having an excellent technique.

Issa Diop: 4 - Struggled at times to contain the jet-heeled Aubameyang. Rightly booked for fouling the former Dortmund flier in the first half. Scored an own goal to sum up his day.

Arthur Masaku: 6 - Another who struggled with the pace of Aubameyang.

Carlos Sanchez: 6 – Worked hard but was overrun at times.

Jack Wilshere: 6 - As much as the majority of Arsenal fans still like Jack Wilshere that last action summed up exactly why Unai Emery was right to let him go - as the lively Alex Iwobi scampered back to dispossess the former Arsenal man, who looked desperately short of pace

Robert Snodgrass: 7 - Effective out wide when whipping in dangerous crosses for Arnautovic to feed off. Overlapped well and perhaps should have scored when Cech saved from his break moments before half-time.

Felipe Anderson: 7 - Involved in West Ham’s opener. Showed good strength and awareness driving forward before offering finesse with a deft one-two with Arnautovic before the former Stoke striker fired home

Michail Antonio: 6 – Not as influential as he would have liked

Marko Arnautovic: 7.5 - Predators instinct to fire home for the Irons first half goal. Powerful but with excellent technique. Always involved in the match and gave the Arsenal backline trouble at times

Substitutes:

Hernandez: 6.5 - On for Arnautovic early in the second half

Lucas Perez: 7 - Arsenal fans showed their class by applauding the former Gunner when he replaced Antonio

Andriy Yarmolenko: 6 - Replaced the hard-working Snodgrass late on

Follow Arsenal reporter Layth on Twitter @laythy29

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