Arsenal ratings vs West Ham: Every player marked out of 10 as…

West Ham 3-1 Arsenal (White og 16′, Kudus 50′, Bowen 60′; Odegaard 90+6′)

Aaron Ramsdale’s return to the Arsenal side turned into a nightmare as West Ham handed the Gunners only their second defeat of the season with a 3-1 win in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Ramsdale looked to have been fouled for Ben White’s own-goal opener, Mohammed Kudus’s second was too well placed in the corner and a late Jakub Kiwior deflection rendered Jarrod Bowen’s 20-yard shot unstoppable.

But defeat for Arsenal means Ramsdale’s window of opportunity in the first team has narrowed unless he can displace David Raya, who at present is Mikel Arteta’s preferred choice in the Premier League and Champions League.

West Ham fans meanwhile were jubilant to have bounced back from three defeats in a row, recording only a third win over their London rivals in the last 33 meetings between the two sides.

Arsenal player ratings

  • Aaron Ramsdale: 5
  • Ben White: 5
  • Jakub Kiwior: 6
  • Gabriel Magalhaes: 5
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko: 5
  • Kai Havertz: 5
  • Jorginho: 6
  • Fabio Vieira: 6
  • Reiss Nelson: 7
  • Eddie Nketiah: 6
  • Leandro Trossard: 7

Substitutes

  • Declan Rice: 6
  • Takehiro Tomiyasu: 6
  • Bukayo Saka: 6
  • Gabriel Martinelli: 5
  • Martin Odegaard: 7

The home team should have had the first sight of goal when West Ham broke the press inside their own half and Lucas Paqueta sprinted away, but his final ball to Jarrod Bowen was uncharacteristically overhit.

Instead it was Arsenal who had the first shot on target as Reiss Nelson, making only his seventh start for the Gunners since the start of last season, bent a ball onto the head of Kai Havertz, but Lukasz Fabianski was equal to the challenge of his flicked header.

Arsenal would open the scoring with a header, but it was into their own net as Ben White could only divert Bowen’s near-post corner past Ramsdale, who felt he was fouled in his effort to punch. There is no Video Assistant Referee in the Carabao Cup before the semi-finals but had there been, Tomas Soucek’s intervention might well have seen the goal ruled out.

Perhaps if White’s header had been at the other end, the Hammers fans might not have been so generous in their applause for warming-up substitute Declan Rice, a £100m departure just a few months ago. It is a sign of how important he already is to the Gunners that Mikel Arteta chose pragmatism over sentiment and left Rice on the bench.

Instead, he had Jorginho at the base of his midfield, a less defensively minded metronome to help unpick West Ham, who sat deep after their first goal and tried to play on the counter.

And it very nearly got them a second less than a minute after the break and Paqueta, from an identical position to the one he blew in the first half, slipped Bowen: but he was denied by Ramsdale standing tall one on one.

He could do nothing of the sort four minutes later though when Nayef Aguerd picked out Mohammed Kudus with a fine long pass, bettered only by an exquisite first touch inside and second to find the corner of the net.

Bowen finally got on the scoresheet with a well-struck shot that clipped Jakub Kiwior’s thigh to leave an unfortunate Ramsdale only able to get half a hand on it.

Captain Martin Odegaard did bag a consolation goal with the last kick of the game, but it was far too little and far too late.

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