West Ham player ratings v Arsenal; Adrian, Kouyate impressive but O'Brien struggles

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

Adrian 8 - the Spaniard was superb yet again, making a number of fine saves in the second half, and couldn't really do much with either goal.

Joey O'Brien 5 - just doesn't give the same threat down the right hand side that Jenkinson does. Crosses were poor and was replaced by Guy Demel late on.

Winston Reid 6 - struggled against a team reportedly interested in signing him, and committed the foul for the penalty where Cazorla scored to put Arsenal in front.

James Tomkins 7 - could have scored in the first half, but redeemed himself with a cross for Kouyate the head the ball home and made some good tackles.

Aaron Cresswell 7 - offered width on the left and got forward to support the attack well. Delivered into the box with quality, but had some shaky moments in defence.

Alex Song 6 - had a stunning volley ruled out for offside early on but seemed too eager to impress his former employers, giving the ball away a little more frequently than usual.

Cheikhou Kouyate 7 - got the goal with a fine header, and was effective playing box-to-box throughout. One of West Ham's better players, particularly in midfield.

Morgan Amalfitano 7 - offers more going forward, particularly from a mobility standpoint, than Nolan, and managed to break into the box on a number of occasions. Could have won a penalty as a result.

Stewart Downing 6 - played some good passes but didn't have the impact of other games this season. Floated wide and put crosses in but West Ham couldn't capitalise.

Diafra Sakho 7 - played fairly well and caused problems with his athleticism, plays better alongside Enner Valencia though.

Andy Carroll 6 - didn't quite have the success that West Ham will have hoped, but posed a problem for Arsenal defenders in the air; even the towering Mertesacker.


Guy Demel 5 - suffered from the same issue as O'Brien in that his quality in to the box was severely lacking.

Kevin Nolan 6 - was almost the West Ham hero late on, testing Wojciech Szczesny from range.

Enner Valencia 6 - offered pace and running but couldn't help the Hammers find the goal.

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