Let’s analyse player performance from the Saturday win over Chelsea at The London Stadium, as David Moyes’ Claret & Blue stars took a step towards safety with a first victory since late September.
Adrian San-Miguel: 8/10
A superb afternoon for the Spanish shot-stopper as he retained his starting position ahead of England keeper Joe Hart after a superb display at The Etihad Stadium last Sunday.
Adrian wasn’t presented with too much to handle between the sticks but when N’Golo Kante and Davide Zappacosta did test him, he was more than up to the task of saving, keeping his third clean sheet in five appearances in all Competitions this term.
Pablo Zabaleta: 8/10
It would be a very strong showing indeed from the full-back as he improved greatly on his performances of recent weeks, particularly in the defensive area of the pitch.
As well as this, Zabaleta provided excellent support going forward, playing a number of key passes and crosses, not to mention tackles, recovering well from disappointment against his former club last week.
Winston Reid: 9/10
By far the pick of the back four was vice-Skipper Winston Reid featuring in his usual centre-back position, the Kiwi cut out several promising attacking moves from The Blues.
Reid was also a threat in both boxes and very dominant in the air after recovering from the slight knock that had kept him out most recently, like Zabaleta, it was a huge improvement.
Angelo Ogbonna: 8/10
Featuring as Reid’s centre-half partner, the Italian put in a showing that was equally as impressive, pleasing the same fans who watched him make a costly error in his last home tie against Leicester City.
Ogbonna cut out many a Chelsea attack and played the ball out nicely from his own half when he was needed to do so, he will certainly be hoping that he can perform like that against Arsenal on Wednesday night.
Aaron Cresswell: 7/10
The full-back matched his improved showings of late featuring on the left side as per usual with a stern display both defensively and offensively, particularly on the attack, supporting Masuaku.
Cresswell helped to thwart Blues stars such as Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata on numerous occasions, strong in the air once again, an impressive feat for a man of his height, a good afternoon for the England hopeful.
Marko Arnautovic: 9/10
Following up some of his best showing in Claret & Blue in recent weeks, the club-record and was excellent once again, working very hard during his 69 minutes on the field, which was ended by a slight injury knock.
But, it would be a special clash for Arnautovic for one reason, his first Hammers goal proved to be the decisive blow in the affair as he finished well past Thibaut Courtois from the edge of the area, his confidence is rapidly growing, showing the fans what he can do ever more.
Mark Noble: 8/10
Making just his second start under Moyes, in the absence of midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, The Skipper put in an admirable showing, putting his body on the line for the cause many a time like a true Captain would.
Noble was typically gutsy and gritty, rising to the occasion just when he needed to impress his new Boss and offering no signs of the niggling hip problem that has caused him concern lately, he is expected to keep his place for another London Derby.
Pedro Obiang: 7/10
After being slated by fans in previous weak for “half-hearted” showings, the Spaniard responded well by putting in a very active showing partnering his Captain in central midfield.
Obiang held up the play nicely, spraying the ball up the field and into wide positions countless time, additionally doing his bit to help out the defensive cause by stopping The Pensioners’ attacks at their root outside the box, the former Sampdoria man could just be on the cusp of a superb run of form.
Manuel Lanzini: 8/10
“The Jewel” was superb once more featuring just behind the striker, one of the main creators of Hammers attacking play, contributing heavily in the move that ended with Arnautovic finding the game’s only goal.
Despite not getting many clear sites himself, Lanzini was quite happy to make a menace of himself on the edge of the area, drawing several fouls in threatening positions with his trickery and fancy footwork, like Obiang, he is hitting form at the right time.
Arthur Masuaku: 9/10
A welcome change of positions has brought with it a stark turnaround in fortunes for the Frenchman, who managed to pick up the Man of the Match award for a surreal performance against Antonio Conte’s men.
Masuaku went on more than one incredible run, displaying a seemingly superhuman ability to dribble with the ball, at one time holding off three Chelsea players at once to come away with the ball, it was all down to pure skill and his performances had been leading to it, what a prospect he now looks in attack.
Michail Antonio: 8/10
On just his second start back from injury and being asked to play as a lone striker against one of the best defences in The Premier League, the England winner put in a valiant effort, running the visitors’ back line raged at times.
Some of his play emulated the type that had seen him pick up Hammer of the Year in 2016/2017 with sheer pace on the break and always looking likely, however, he needed to be taken off and tired very easy, something that frustrated The Claret & Blue Army.
Diafra Sakho: 7/10
Replacing goal-scorer Arnautovic on 69 minutes, the Senegalese International ran the channels well and held up the ball nicely at times.
But, there is no doubt that he will be getting frustrated, given how well he has performed from the bench in recent weeks, not to start under Moyes, his time will surely come once again though.
Andre Ayew: 7/10
Entering the playing field in place of a fatigued Antonio with little over ten minutes left to play in Stratford the African could make little impact.
Although he was able to burst down the left side on the break more than once, just a bit of initiative away from sealing the deal later, he is currently off the boil and out of favour just a little.
So, now that every featuring Squad member has been raked out of ten in the wake of a quite superb team performance against The Blues at The London stadium, can the Hammers repeat their feat on Wednesday night? Against tricky opposition in Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.