It’s now time to take an in-depth look at player performance in the wake of yesterday evening’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal, as David Moyes’ boys’ impressive unbeaten run came to an end at the Emirates Stadium.
Joe Hart: 5/10
It would be yet another evening to forget in a hurry for the England man, as he did himself very few favours in trying to regain his regular Premier League starting place under Moyes and further Three Lions selection for that matter.
Hart was largely untroubled but when called into action, was unable to keep out a tame Danny Welbeck shot from close-range on the stroke of half-time, the game’s only goal on the night he really needed to prove a point to his critics.
Aaron Cresswell: 6/10
Unconventionally starting in the right wing-back position as opposed to left-back, the England International defender looked uncomfortable for the most part and struggled to have any real impact on the game.
Although Cresswell put in a sound display on the defensive side of things, he struggled going forward, unable to get many crosses into the box, however, he did manage to register the visitors’ only effort at goal, a whipped free-kick that sailed wide of the post.
James Collins: 5/10
Making his second start since returning from injury, the Welshman was deployed in his usual centre-back role and looked a tad off the pace at times, missing numerous headers and clearances.
This could be seen at various points in the tie when the home side came forward and looked dangerous, one would feel that should Moyes decide to revert to four in defence on Saturday, he will lose his place but that remains to be seen.
Winston Reid: 5/10
Featuring as the middle part of the defensive three and after impressing with his level of performance in recent weeks, the Kiwi looked flat and was poor, much like the man to the right of him.
Reid couldn’t dominate in the air like fans are so accustomed to seeing him do against the likes of Olivier Giroud and he was sluggish getting back to defend on a number of occasions, most notably not clearing properly to allow Welbeck to poach their 43rd-minute goal.
Angelo Ogbonna: 6/10
The other side of Reid, the Italian centre-half was a ray of light in a poor all-around team showing, winning the headers that his partners were unable to and making several key blocks.
Ogbonna also looked comfortable coming out of defence with the ball and playing it in towards the midfielders and the strikers, despite not really being able to create anything of note at that end, he will be hoping to keep his level of performance up over the busy festive period.
Arthur Masuaku: 6/10
Being forced to play in a more defensive role, the DR Congo was a relatively absent figure unable to have the desired impact his Manager would have wanted, after a series of barnstorming showings in the League.
While also looking a bit shabby when it came to defensive duties, Masuaku struggled to start any of his trademark runs, only able to get in on the left a few times in the first period and not creating anything of note from those promising positions.
Declan Rice: 7/10
The Irish youngster was charged with sitting in front of the back four much like he had done excellently after replacing Mark Noble at the Bet365 Stadium last Saturday and impressed wildly once more.
Rice cut out numerous of the home side’s attacks and was cool, calm and collected in possession, spraying out plenty of superb passes both to the wings and to the strikers, many feel that he has done enough to earn a start at the weekend.
Pedro Obiang: 5/10
Partnering Rice in central midfield, the Spaniard was somewhat upstaged by him and displayed a largely poor showing, giving the ball away a few too many times and regularly having his passes cut out easily.
Obiang will certainly need to improve over the coming weeks, but his performance may have been the product of fatigue, having featured plenty on the last few weeks and with so many injuries in his area, this is not likely to change.
Domingos Quina: 7/10
The Portugal U20 star was making his first Competitive start in a Hammers Shirt and all things considered, put in an admirable showing to go along with it against Arsene Wenger’s men.
Quina looked sharp going forward and solid with his passes which found their target for the most part, as well as embarking on a number of promising runs, however, he just looked a little frail at times, something that he should be able to improve on as he progresses.
Javier Hernandez: 6/10
Being picked to start for the first time under Moyes, the Mexican just looked a tad unfit and failed to make his mark on the game in any major way, alongside Andre Ayew in attack.
Chicharito last scored in October and may be just a little shy on match fitness and confidence at this present moment, he is in line to start at the weekend and his standard of performance should improve as he is reintegrated back into the team.
Andre Ayew: 5/10
Having seen very little Football under his new Boss so far, the Ghana man looked way off the pace of the game, giving the ball away on more than one occasion and posing next to no threat to the Arsenal goal.
Ayew’s future in Claret & Blue doesn’t look the brightest at the moment, despite displaying some remarkable form at the back end of October, injuries may well be his only hoping of forcing his way back into the regular starting Xl.
Diafra Sakho: 5/10
Coming on in place of Cresswell on the 65-minute mark and off the back of scoring as a substitute last time out away at Stoke City, the Senegalese International would have been disappointed not to start the affair.
When Sakho did make his entrance, he could do little to affect the outcome of the match, holding the ball up well at times but on other occasions receiving very poor service, not his kind of game at all.
Andy Carroll: 6/10
Replacing Chicharito at the same time as Sakho to make his return from injury, the tall striker put in a strong aerial display, setting up some good positions with headed knock-ons.
However, Carroll couldn’t get on the end of several crosses that came in from the right side in the latter stages of the drab tie, he will certainly be praying that he can stay fit ahead of a very busy period.
Marko Arnautovic: 5/10
As the final substitute, replacing Quina with around ten minutes to play in North London, the Austrian club-record signing saw very little of the ball in his short time on the pitch.
This came in huge contrast to Arnautovic’s heroic showings of late, but it was clear to see that he had been rested from the star so that he can remain fresh for the weekend’s crucial PL clash.
So, now that every featuring Squad member has been well and truly rated from a disappointing evening at the Emirates, can the Claret & Blue stars rack up higher numbers on Saturday afternoon? When a wilting Newcastle United team will be the visitors to the London Stadium.