Arsenal player ratings v West Ham; Cazorla and Koscielny impress, Flamini poor

Santi Cazorla

We assess the performances of Arsenal's players against West Ham today.

Wojciech Szczesny 7 - hit and miss when coming to claim crosses, but had a solid game between the sticks for the Gunners.

Mathieu Debuchy 6 - could be (harshly) blamed for West Ham's goal having been outjumped by Cheikhou Kouyate, but was steady at right back. 

Laurent Koscielny 8 - a welcome return for the Frenchman. Arsenal looked more assured and comfortable with him in the side, and he helped withstand a late West Ham alamo.

Per Mertesacker 6 - did well to prevent Andy Carroll scoring with a back post header, but often had problems coping with Diafra Sakho's pace.

Nacho Monreal 6 - shaky start but gradually improved, coping well when Stewart Downing drifted out to the right hand side.

Mathieu Flamini 5 - didn't really do a great deal in front of the Arsenal back four, and Arsenal fans are once again calling for him to be replaced in January.

Francis Coquelin 6 - added energy and bite to the Arsenal midfield. A little hot and cold with his passing, but a promising display from the Frenchman.

Santi Cazorla 8 - the Spaniard's fine form continued today, dancing into the area before being brought down. Converted the resulting penalty and was a threat from midfield throughout.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7 - great run for Welbeck's goal and tested Aaron Cresswell, but some questionable decision making in the final third led to some poor shots.

Alexis Sanchez 7 - so elusive on the ball, a superb outlet on the counter attack and even looked for another pass when he could've shot in front of goal. Not his best display but showed flashes of his brilliance.

Danny Welbeck 7 - scored from close range but wasted a couple more chances. His running and effort was exemplary, and he'll be delighted to have ended his drought.

Substitutes:

Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers came on in the last five minutes, but had little impact.

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