PLAYER RATINGS: Nicolas Pepe repaid a big chunk of his £72m price tag but Felipe Anderson still looks way short of his best form
- Pepe (7.5) delivered a brilliant goal and assist as Arsenal responded emphatically
- A few flashes of class but Anderson (5.5) still looks way short of his best form
- Martinelli (7) capped an impressive display by scoring his first league goal
- West Ham 1-3 Arsenal: Three goals in nine minutes ends winless streak
Arsenal hit three quickfire goals to seal a 3-1 comeback victory at West Ham and end a nine-match winless run in the process.
The Gunners looked on course for yet another defeat as they fell behind to a fortunate Angelo Ogbonna goal at the London Stadium – but they rallied after the break to record a fairly comfortable victory.
It was the first win under the guidance of interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg, who was rewarded for starting Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe as both got on the scoresheet before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added the third.
Sportsmail’s Sami Mokbel rated the players on Monday night.
Winger Nicolas Pepe delivered a brilliant goal and assist as Arsenal responded emphatically
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1)
David Martin – 5.5
A virtual spectator in the first half. Picked the ball out three times in the second. Who’d be a keeper.
Ryan Fredericks – 6
Steady performance from the full-back. Supported his attackers occasionally as well, too.
Fabian Balbuena – 5.5
Dealt thoroughly with Aubameyang in the first half. Nowhere near as convincing in the second.
Angelo Ogbonna – 6.5
Effective in defence for 45 minutes and scored to boot. A second half to forgot, though.
West Ham goalkeeper David Martin was a virtual spectator until he was beaten three times
Aaron Cresswell – 6.5
An assured performance from the left-back before limping off early in the second half. Booked.
Mark Noble – 7
Another age-defying performance. The 32-year-old ran the show before West Ham lost their grip.
Declan Rice – 6.5
The England international got through bundles of work but eventually succumbed to Arsenal’s quality.
Robert Snodgrass – 6
Flittered in and out of proceedings in an attacking sense but a valuable contribution in defence. Booked.
A few moments but Hammers midfielder Felipe Anderson still looks way short of his best
Felipe Anderson – 5.5
A few threatening moments but the Brazilian still looks way short of his very best form.
Pablo Fornals – 6
Flattered to deceive but still made a decisive contribution in setting-up Ogbonna’s opener.
Michail Antonio – 6.5
Back in the team after injury and the forward didn’t give Arsenal a moments peace.
Subs: Masuaku 5 (Cresswell 51); Haller 5 (Anderson 70); Holland (Snodgrass 78)
Subs not used: Roberto, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Diop.
Manuel Pellegrini – 5.5
Back under pressure following two consecutive defeats despite a strong first half. The pressure is back on the Chilean.
Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland Niles made his first league start since September
Bernd Leno – 6.5
Made some important interventions which eventually proved crucial for the Gunners.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 6.5
Showed plenty of heart on his first league start since September, but his cruel ricochet cost Arsenal’s opener.
Calum Chambers – 6
More steady than dominant. Looked nervous in the heart of the Gunners’ back-four.
Sokratis – 6
Looked like he was treading water at times. The Greek appears to be worryingly short of confidence.
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil (above) coasted through another game on Monday night
Kieran Tierney – 5
On only his fourth Premier League start, the Scot was hauled off early on with a shoulder injury.
Granit Xhaka – 5.5
Gave away possession time and again. Arsenal will listen to offers for the Swiss next month. No wonder.
Lucas Torreira – 7
Worked tirelessly for his team when those around looked like they weren’t bothered.
Nicolas Pepe – 7.5
Repaid a big chunk of that £72million price tag with a brilliant goal and assist as Arsenal responded emphatically.
Gabriel Martinelli capped an impressive display by scoring his first Premier League goal
Mesut Ozil – 6
So much ability but lets himself down with a lack of effort. Coasted through another game.
Gabriel Martinelli – 7
The biggest night of the youngster’s career saw him notch his first Premier League goal. Looks to have a big future.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 7
Cut an isolated figure at times but still ended up on the scoresheet. Where would Arsenal be without him?
Subs: Kolasinac 6.5 (Tierney 29); Guendouzi (Xhaka 86); Nelson (Pepe 88)
Subs not used: Martinez, Lacazette, Luiz, Nelson, Saka
Freddie Ljungberg – 7
Will feel much better after this win. But the Swede will acknowledge there’s still plenty to work on.
Referee: Mike Riley – 6.5
Used VAR to ensure West Ham’s opener stood. Routinely went about his business.
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