Arsenal 1-0 West Ham United: Hits and Flops from the entertaining fixture at the Emirates| Premier League 2019-20
- Arsenal secured the three points from an exhilarating fixture at the Emirates with a close 1-0 win over West Ham United.
#3. HIT: Alexandre Lacazette
Eddie Nketiah was named in the starting lineup ahead of Lacazette today, a surprising choice by Mikel Arteta, the youngster failed to make this opportunity count and was substituted in the 59th minute for the experienced Lacazette.
He tried to make an instant impact upon his arrival by infusing fresh energy into Arsenal's attacking third and stepping up in the game when top-scorer Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang remained a peripheral figure and Pepe lacked the cutting edge.
His efforts bore fruit as just 19 minutes after being brought in from the bench, he found the back of the net from a smart pass by Mesut Ozil and put the Gunners in front.
#4. FLOP: Michail Antonio
Michail Antonio impressed early on in the game with his pace and determination in the final third causing all sorts of problems for the Arsenal defence, but as the game progressed he made a couple of very costly mistakes and blew several chances to put his side ahead in the game.
In the first-half, he blew a clear 2-v-1 chance when his squared pass ended up behind the incoming Haller, and in the second half, he had a header from just five yards out and directed it right at Leno who was able to paw it away to safety.
#5. HIT: Bernd Leno
Bernd Leno showed why he deserves to be counted among the top goalkeepers of the division with a superb display between the sticks at the Emirates today as he managed a shutout in the game, withstanding a barrage of attempts from West Ham players.
He was forced into action just three minutes into the game when he just about managed to divert Jarrod Bowen's driven low shot from 20-yards out for a corner. He also made great saves in either half, particularly to deny Sebastien Haller and Michail Antonio.
He was kept very busy by the opposition frontline, who forced the German keeper to produce a string of saves, most of them were routine but some of them were top-class.
He made a couple of point-blank saves in either half of the game and was by far the best Arsenal player on the pitch today. Despite a brittle defence in front of him, he held his ground and refused to concede a goal.