Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice.

Arsenal player ratings vs West Ham: Jesus, Trossard and Martinelli poor in 2-0 defeat

Arsenal’s title hopes took a big hit as they were beaten 2-0 by West Ham on Thursday night, missing the chance to go back to the top of the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta’s side lacked their usual fluidity going forward and were made to pay as the Hammers condemned them to a first home defeat in all competitions this season.

Thomas Soucek opened the scoring in the first half, although Arsenal will feel the ball had gone out of play before Jarrod Bowen had played the ball back for the Czech international.

Konstantinos Mavropanos then doubled West Ham’s lead after the interval, heading home against his former club on 55 minutes.

Arsenal did have chances to get back into the game, but were wasteful in front of goal, with Gabriel Jesus particularly wasteful.

And things could have got even worse for the hosts at the end, but David Raya did well to keep out Said Benrahma’s injury time penalty.

Arsenal player ratings

David Raya: Barely had a thing to do other than pick the ball out of his net until he saved the injury time penalty. When he was called into action he looked assured in everything he had to do. 7

Ben White: Flicked one header wide in the first half. It would have been nice to see him getting on the overlap more. 6

William Saliba: On a bad night for Arsenal he still looked a class apart, even in defeat. 7

Gabriel Magalhaes: He will be disappointed with his part in Soucek’s goal. A rare mistake from the Brazilian. 6

Oleksandr Zinchenko: Some wayward passes on a pretty disappointing night for the left-back. 4

Declan Rice: Not the night he would have been hoping for against his former club. Sent one effort just over early in the second half and gave away a penalty right at the end. 5

Leandro Trossard: Another game when he struggled to make an impact in the left eight role. Some poor set piece deliveries summed up his night. 3

Martin Odegaard: Produced some wonderful moments that deserved better. Some of his footwork was incredible. Arsenal’s stand out player by far. 7

Bukayo Saka: Had Arsenal’s big two moments in the first half, but saw one header saved and a shot hit the post. Couldn’t make an impact after the interval. 5

Gabriel Jesus: Played far too deep at times and that left Arsenal without a presence in the box. When he did get in the box and had some chances, he was really wasteful. 3

Gabriel Martinelli: Another off night for the winger who is clearly struggling for form right now. 3


Eddie Nketiah: Had a couple of efforts, but couldn’t find a way through. 5

Reiss Nelson: No impact. 5

Emile Smith Rowe: Looked bright when introduced. 6