By Sam Stone

1st May, 2022 | 6:59pm

West Ham United player ratings v Arsenal - Bowen shines as Lanzini struggles in defeat

Jarrod Bowen’s first-half strike was not enough for West Ham as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal at the London Stadium.

Gabriel’s second-half header was enough for the away side which means hopes of Champions League football are now mathematically over.

The Hammers’ only route to Europe’s flagship competition is if they manage to win the Europa League.

Here, West Ham zone has rated the players out of 10 for their performances against Arsenal.

Lukasz Fabianski – 5

Nothing Fabianski could’ve done with Rob Holding’s opener, however, Gabriel’s header was straight at the West Ham keeper and he will be disappointed not to have done better. Has had better days.

Vladimir Coufal – 6

A solid display from the West Ham right-back who was a constant source of ammunition from the right-flank. Apart from his assist for Bowen, his delivery lacked the quality needed to threaten the Arsenal back four.

Aaron Cresswell – 5

Cresswell did okay considering his change of position to partner Zouma in the centre of defence. However, both of Arsenal’s goals were as a result of poor marking in the centre of defence, of which he was a part of.

Kurt Zouma – 4

Much like Cresswell, to concede two goals from headers is very unlike West Ham and fingers have to be pointed at the central defenders in this situation. Arsenal’s best headers of a ball were left free for both goals. Not good enough.

Ryan Fredericks – 5

Not as effective as Coufal on the right, with Fredericks heavily reliant on cutting back on his right foot rather than taking on his full-back. He has electric pace, he didn’t utilise it anywhere near enough.

Mark Noble – 6

Good display from Noble in what could potentially be one of his last home matches for the club. Made life hard for Arsenal midfield before being subbed off Thomas Soucek in the 77th minute.

Declan Rice – 4

Declan Rice’s headloss at the end of the game displayed his frustration. He wasn’t himself today, he looked tired and frustrated which is not a surprise. Could all this transfer talk be getting to him?

Pablo Fornals – 3

Along with Lanzini this was a poor, poor display that needs to be rectified heading into Thursday night. Lacked the quality, lazy in possession and was gifting the ball to Arsenal for fun. He may as well have had a red shirt on.

Manuel Lanzini – 3

Gave no attacking threat and forgot he was on the pitch at times. Again it could be tiredness, but the lack of quality in attacking areas was epitomised by his display. Awful lapse in concentration for the second goal. Real lack of quality.

Said Benrahma – 5

Better than Fornals and Lanzini, but not by much. Tried to make things happen but was reluctant to take on Tomiyasu. Looked scared to take a risk at times.

Jarrod Bowen – 6

Bowen was can’t do everything on his own. West Ham’s biggest threat and excellent improvised finish for his goal. Was unfortunate to be booked for dive when Ramsdale flew in recklessly.


Antonio (on for Lanzini, ’70) – 5

Soucek (on for Noble, ’77) – 5

Yarmolenko (on for Benrahma) – N/A