Arsenal lost 2-0 to West Ham on Sunday, making a terrible start to a season in which they are expected to challenge for the Premier League title.
Goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate were enough to see off the Gunners, as Slaven Bilic made the perfect start to his tenure. However, this loss could be a big issue for their London rivals, with pressure sure to be on Arsene Wenger to dip in to the transfer market to sort out his team’s issues.
Here is how the Arsenal players matched up…
GK) Petr Cech, 2
At fault for both goals, and endured a nightmare debut. Will have to improve if Arsenal are going to be involved in the title race.
RB) Mathieu Debuchy, 4
Good going forward, but Dimitri Payet was able operate with impunity on his wing.
LB) Nacho Monreal, 3
Lost his man on the first goal, and struggled to recover from the mistake.
CB) Laurent Koscielny, 6
Solid as usual from the Frenchman. It was a pity he was let down by his teammates.
CB) Per Mertesacker, 5
Relies heavily on his teammates, which means he suffers when they perform poorly like this.