West Ham ratings: Rice class above but Fredericks has tough match


est Ham’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via the Premier League are over after they lost at home to Arsenal.

Hammers boss David Moyes rested players for Thursday’s Europa League, with the likes of Michail Antonio left on the bench.

They still gave Arsenal a good game, though, and they went in level at the break as Jarrod Bowen cancelled out Rob Holding’s opener.

Gabriel, however, scored a winner for Arsenal in the second-half and West Ham are now sixth in the Premier League, with the Gunners 11 points ahead of them with three games to go.

Simon Collings was at the London Stadium to see West Ham in action…

Lukasz Fabianski 7

Made one or two good saves to deny Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka. Couldn’t do much about either goal, as poor marking let him down.

Vladimir Coufal 7

As always, he was a real threat going forward and caused Nuno problems at left-back. Setup Bowen’s goal with a good cross.

Kurt Zouma 6

Not at his best and still looks to be finding his feet after returning from injury. Was caught out once or twice by Nketiah’s pace.

Aaron Cresswell 6

Asked to fill in at centre-back and did a solid job, especially given he was playing in a two and not a back-three.

Ryan Fredericks 5

Had a tough afternoon up against Saka, who skipped past him a few times. Not easy for Fredericks given he had been asked to fill in at left-back..

Mark Noble 6

Unsurprisingly outshone by Rice next to him, who was imperious. Looked a bit leggy at times and occasionally struggled with pace of play.

Declan Rice 7 | Star man

Another excellent performance in the middle of the park from the England international. Looks a class above every week he plays.

Pablo Fornals 6

Like most of the trio behind Bowen, the Spaniard couldn’t really get into the game too much. Had a few sights of goal in second-half.

Manuel Lanzini 5

A difficult afternoon for the No10, who never really got going and was hooked with 20 minutes to go. Looked like his poor marking was partly to blame for Arsenal’s opener.

Said Benrahma 5

Like Fornals on the other side, he just wasn’t really involved much. Kept quiet for most of the game by Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Jarrod Bowen 7

Given the chance to lead the line in the absence of Antonio and took his opportunity. Scored a well-taken goal and was a threat in behind.


Michail Antonio (Lanzini 70’) 5

On for the final 20 minutes or so, but didn’t have much chance to make an impact.

Tomas Soucek (Noble 77’) N/A

Andriy Yarmolenko (Benrahma 81’) N/A

Subs not used: Vlasic, Areola, Diop, Masuaku, Kral, Alese

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