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Saturday, 25th August 2018

Arsenal 3
West Ham United 1

by Staff Writer


It was a much-improved performance from West Ham but the same disappointing outcome as Manuel Pellegrini's side slumped to a third successive Premier League defeat at The Emirates.

Despite opening the scoring through Marko Arnautovic, the Hammers end the day bottom of the Premier League with zero points from their opening three matches and a goal difference of -7 after Arsenal managed to turn around an early deficit.

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The Austrian international gave West Ham the lead after 25 minutes after converting the excellent Felipe Anderson's cross. However the Gunners were back on level terms just five minutes later when Nacho Monreal finished Hector Bellerin's deflcted cross.

West Ham spurned a series of great opportunities to restore the leas either side of the half time interval before Arsenal went ahead for the first time, when the Gunners took advanatage of some poor defending by debutant Issa Diop, in for the injured Angelo Ogbonna.

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And Danny Welbeck added a third in the closing moments to give the hosts a 3-1 that flattered them and failed to offer a true reflecttion on the game itself, which could have been won by either side.

As it was West Ham - and Pellegrini - sunk to a third defeat in a row that leaves United bottom of the Premier League as one of only two teams yet to earn a single point (the other being newly-promoted Fulham).

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Player Ratings

Lukasz Fabianski
Made a series of stunning saves and not helped by an inexperienced defence ahead of him; has conceded eight in his first three games.


Ryan Fredericks
Better than on his debut an Anfield.


Arthur Masuaku
Still defensively suspect, yet Pellegrini persist on using him at full back.


Issa Diop
A decent debut but will be rememberered for the shanked clearance and resulting own goal.


Fabian Balbuena
Just about the better of our defensive twosome.


Carlos Sanchez
Looked comfortable despite only making his second appearance.


Michail Antonio
Liitle end product to shout about.


Felipe Anderson
His best game in a West Ham shirt yet.


Robert Snodgrass
West Ham's Player of the Year so far, which perhaps says more about the 100million spent than the Scot himself.


Jack Wilshere
Looked completely out-of-sorts in the first half but like Noble alongside him, better after the break.


Marko Arnautovic
Looked lively and scored West Ham's only goal - should perhaps have been celebrating at least one more.


Substitutes


Javier Henandez
(Replaced Arnautovic) Ineffective. A waste of time.


Lucas Perez
(Replaced Antonio) A reasonably lively introduction against his former club.


Andriy Yarmolenko
(Replaced Snodgrass) Like last week, looked lively in his cameo role.


Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
Did not play.


Pablo Zabaleta
Did not play.


Issa Diop
Did not play.


Pedro Obiang
Did not play.



Match Facts

Referee: .

Attendance: 53,235.

Man of the Match: Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham United

Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Arthur Masuaku, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Carlos Sanchez, Michail Antonio, Felipe Anderson, Robert Snodgrass, Jack Wilshere, Marko Arnautovic.

Goals: Marko Arnautovic 25                  .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Arsenal

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Substitutes: .

Subs not used: .

Goals: .

Booked: .

Sent Off: .

 
Staff Writer's Man of the Match: Lukasz Fabianski


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