Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski both found the back of the net in the second half as Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1 on Tuesday at Emirates Stadium.
The Hammers had opened the scoring in the 40th minute through Matt Jarvis, but Podolski levelled matter shortly before the restart.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Arsenal Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Arsenal
Szczesny: Was helpless to prevent the rebound that allowed Jarvis to open the scoring.
Sagna: Combining nicely at times with both Rosicky and Cazorla.
Mertesacker: Made an early, important block on Diame.
Koscielny: Perhaps a surprise starter following his quick return from injury.
Vermaelen: Has applied good pressure on Carroll but was well beaten by Nocerino in the buildup to the Jarvis goal.
Arteta: No Arsenal player has had more touches of the ball.
Kallstrom: Has completed 90% of his passes so far.
Rosicky: Had an early opening but skied his effort.
Cazorla: Picked out Podolski with a lovely pass for the equaliser.
Podolski: Finished calmly past Adrian to level the score-line.
Giroud: Missed an absolute sitter midway through the opening period.
Full-Time analysis for Arsenal
Szczesny: Had only a single save to make on the night.
Sagna: He had 87 touches and distributed the ball masterfully from the right.
Mertesacker: Passes from defense were good, and he threw himself into several blocks.
Koscielny: Looked a bit rusty at times in his return from injury.
Vermaelen: Delivered the cross for Giroud’s winner.
Arteta: The Spaniard touched the ball 90 times and completed 93% of his passes.
Kallstrom: At the final whistle he had more touches than anyone else in his full debut.
Rosicky: Useful in attack before making way for Ramsey.
Cazorla: Picked up an assist and was generally the best attacker on the pitch.
Podolski: Scored a superb brace and played the full 90 minutes.
Giroud: Controlled Vermaelen’s difficult cross expertly before slotting past Adrian.
Ramsey: Leaned backward to head the ball into Podolski’s path for the German’s second.
Jenkinson: Was brought on to help wrap things up in the final minutes.
|West Ham Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for West Ham
Adrian: Had a pair of saves to make in the first half.
Demel: Distribution has been poor, and he’s struggled opposite Podolski and Cazorla.
Tomkins: Passes out of the defense have been lacking in accuracy.
Reid: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.
Armero: Adding a useful attacking presence from the left.
Noble: Has contributed three tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Nocerino: Powered into the goalmouth with the ball ahead of the Jarvis opener.
Downing: His errant pass allowed Arsenal to level the scoring.
Diame: Had an absolutely blazing start that caught the Gunners off guard.
Jarvis: Made an instinctive run into the box for his headed goal.
Carroll: Has been well marked by Vermaelen.
Full-Time analysis for West Ham
Adrian: No chance on any of the three goals.
Demel: Was actually more active going forward in the second half.
Tomkins: Won all of his aerial duels.
Reid: Was fought off by Giroud in the buildup to the Frenchman’s winner.
Armero: The 27-year-old was pinned back more than he’d have preferred.
Noble: Ended up with five tackles on the night.
Nocerino: Added a useful, attacking element on the dribble.
Downing: Was generally abysmal—both in passing the ball and crossing it.
Diame: Dropped off considerably after making a bright start to the match.
Jarvis: See above.
Carroll: Took three shots at target but turned none of them into a meaningful chance.
J.Cole: Just six touches after replacing Downing with 12 minutes remaining.
Vaz Te: Completed all 10 of his passes.
C.Cole: Just six touches after replacing Downing.