West Ham can find themselves hard done by as they left the Emirates with 0 points despite dominating the game for large periods, especially in the second half.
The Hammers had several chances to win the game but, similarly to the same fixture last season, let the Gooners take advantage of their wasteful finishing as they found the winning goal through substitute Eddie Nketiah with just five minutes remaining.
It was, however, a much more encouraging display than their opening match against Newcastle, and something David Moyes can hopefully build on as the Premier League games don’t get any easier.
Here are the player and manager ratings for this loss:
Lukasz Fabianski – Overall, Fabianski barely had anything to do as the Gunners quite frankly barely created any chances. He couldn’t do anything about the two goals, however, as both goalscorers were left unmarked in the box to fire home. 6/10
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Ryan Fredericks – It was a mixed game for Fredericks, as he was arguable at fault for the initial phase of the first goal as he let Aubameyang through, but he brilliantly set up Antonio for his first-half finish. His game seems to suit a five-at-the-back formation. 7/10
Issa Diop – The out-of-form defender looked a lot more solid and composed than in recent times, and is another who could benefit from this defensive set-up in the future. Did leave Aubameyang onside for the opening goal, however. 6/10
Angelo Ogbonna – Proved to be his usual solid self and saw Arsenal create very few chances. It is just a shame that they were clinical when they did ultimately create those opportunities. 7/10
Aaron Cresswell – Looked more solid in a central defensive position as opposed to his usual left-back duties. Still isn’t a long term solution for this position, though, as the club hopes to bring more defenders in. 6/10
Arthur Masuaku – Having Masuaku as an attacking option is a huge advantage to the team, and he should be played whether Moyes opts for four or five at the back in upcoming games. Delivered a delicious cross in the second half which Antonio should have done better with and the Gunners enjoyed no joy down his side. 8/10
Declan Rice – A much-improved performance from last week as he looked a lot more like the Rice that West Ham fans have become accustomed to. Should have tracked Lacazette for the opening goal, however. 7/10
Tomas Soucek – Similarly to Rice, looked a lot better in this game and posed a constant threat to the Arsenal defence from crosses. Sadly, he couldn’t truly connect with one enough to ensure a goal. 6/10
Pablo Fornals – Linked up well with Antonio and the midfield on transitions and was overall a lot more involved in a central position. 6/10
Jarrod Bowen – Contributed significantly to the goal as he played in Fredericks, and worked non-stop for the team. His shooting could do with some work, however. 6/10
Michail Antonio – Worked tirelessly throughout the match and showed why Moyes picked him ahead of Haller in the lone-forward position with his poacher’s goal, similar to many at the end of last season. 7/10
David Moyes – The initial gameplan worked brilliantly as his side dominated the match, but as so often the case, his substitutions – or lack of – let him down. The right changes when the Hammers were on top could have seen them win the game, but his hesitance has instead seen them go home empty-handed. 5/10