Arsenal blew a 2-goal lead in the first half to let West Ham United back into the tie after Andy Carroll’s hat trick left the visitors chasing an impressive West Ham United side. The 3-3 result was a fair result after what was a thrilling tie.
The Gunners were lucky to avoid Lanzini’s goal which was wrongly flagged for offside, but took control of the game when Mesut Ozil opened the scoring after some quick passing exchanges from Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin, with Alex Iwobi teeing up the German perfectly to slot home.
Alexis Sanchez doubled the Gunners lead after another perfectly weighted ball from Iwobi, this time over the top, the Chilean no mistake from close range.
However Arsenal allowed West Ham to cross from the left and Carroll nodded home to spark the home side back into life. They quickly responded after some more abysmal defending, Carroll firing home after his first miss hit shot.
Carroll then netted his third in the second half, Gabriel helping it in despite Ospina potentially have the chance to save.
Arsenal responded however with Laurent Koscielny equalizing from Welbeck’s faint touch leaving the Gunners 3 points behind second place Tottenham.
Here’s the player ratings:
GK Ospina: 5 – Despite conceding three, the little Colombian could do little about any of them. Pulled off some fine saves but you’re left wondering whether Petr Cech could have pulled off the impossible with at least one of them.
RB Bellerin: 4.5 – A poor display from the Spaniard. In attack his pace was a menace but defending was appalling at times being cut apart from Dimitri Payet on a number of occasions and struggled against Carroll’s strength.
CB Koscielny: 5 – Feared the worst after the Frenchman went down under a nasty challenge from Carroll. Some good challenges but poor marking and organization from the captain. His equalizer helped his rating after a well taken finish.
CB Gabriel: 3 – Abysmal defending for Carroll’s equalizer. Seemed to shy away instead of keeping his eye on the ball and Arsenal paid for it. Then to cap things off he heads in Carroll’s third when Ospina seemingly had it covered. Not convinced with the Koscriel partnership.
LB Monreal 4 – Monreal attracted a lot of attention from the home crowd after several timid appeals for free kicks, but was a constant menace down the left flank combining well with Iwobi and Ozil.
Should have tracked Carroll better for their first but wasn’t Arsenal’s worst defender in what was a leaky and shaky performance from the backline as a whole.
CM Elneny: 6 – A dominant performance from the Egyptian who looked positive going forward but helped to break up play. Couldn’t really fault him.
CM Coquelin: 5 – A slightly sloppy display from the Frenchman who despite his enthusiasm needs to work on his consistency. Was replaced by Ramsey.
CAM Ozil: 5.5 – Apart from his goal played a largely subtle role and I was concerned with his attitude in the dying minutes of the game. Looked visibly frustrated and that, coupled with his comments recently is a concern.
LW Iwobi: 8.0 MotM – Another fantastic performance from the youngster, claiming two assists and was Arsenal’s most positive player trying to pick any hole he could for opportunities. Looked at home playing in center mid as the game progressed and thoroughly deserved his inclusion once again.
RW Sanchez: 5.5 – Looked lively and energetic in patches but was sloppy in possession and not quick enough in distributing the ball. Well taken goal that will help to restore some confidence, something he’s clearly missing. Can’t believe he didn’t shoot when through in the box after a magical passage of play from the Chilean.
ST Welbeck: 5 – Welbeck’s work rate can’t be faulted, but offered little in the air and his hold up play was pretty poor. But made up for it with a vital touch for Koscielny’s equalizer.
60′ Ramsey: 6 – Replaced Coquelin and helped up the attacking tempo. Some nice touches but is clearly rusty.
67′ Giroud: 6 – Replaced Elneny and finally Arsene played appeared to play a 4-4-2 with Giroud leading the line alongside Welbeck. His hold up play instantly had a positive effect on Arsenal’s attack.
81′ Walcott: 5. Replaced Welbeck and his pace injected a bit more hope into Arsenal’s attack. Should’ve done better with the last kick of the game, wasting a perfect chance to cross for Giroud.