West Ham Utd v Arsenal & Brentford: five talking points

It was a mixed week for David Moyes' West Ham, with the delightful defeat of Arsenal in the Carabao Cup followed by the equally disappointing reversal at the Gtech Community Stadium 72 hours later.

Trying to make sense of it all once again for KUMB was Chris Wilkerson...

He’s Better than Henry

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Jarrod Bowen became the first player to net in his team's first six Premier League away games of the season with his goal against Brentford on Saturday. Playing in a front two, Bowen scored a real striker’s effort and also saw a flourishing relationship with Mo Kudus grow.

Defending from the Front

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I have no statistical analysis to back this up, but West Ham seemed to press with great intensity and success against Arsenal. It was a little looser against Brentford, but there’s no doubting that this front foot approach is more entertaining.

The West Ham (a)Way

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Before Brentford, West Ham had lost 20 of their last 30 Premier League away games. You can argue Moyes’s style doesn’t pass the test, but a weak underbelly on the road is what most fans are used to.

King Kudus

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He faded as the game went on, but Kudus was the spark in the first half against Brentford and has shown he can score high quality goals against high calibre opponents. Which was better, the Brentford goal or the Arsenal one?

Benrahma Must Do More

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With Emerson booked, Mbuemo drove at the full back over and over. With Ajer booked, he pocketed Benrahma, although it must be added that the cross for the Bowen goal was perfect. The winger must back himself and be prepared to fail, too.

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