4 standout players from Arsenal's 6-0 win over West Ham

  • Declan Rice dominated his old team as Arsenal demolished West Ham 6-0 away, but the midfielder got sterling support from a brilliant attacking trio led by Bukayo Saka
West Ham United v Arsenal FC - Premier League
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Six goals away from home hardly tell the full story of how irresistible Arsenal were away at West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday. Fittingly, former Hammers talisman Declan Rice carried the fight, but he was ably supported by a gifted attacking trio led with typical swashbuckling verve by Bukayo Saka.

Making sure the 3-1 win over Liverpool was no outlier was the priority for Arsenal at the London Stadium. Mikel Arteta can consider mission accomplished after his team positively purred against a sluggish West Ham side.

Rice set the tone with his now familiar mix of industry and ingenuity. His levels were matched by Saka's tireless running, superbly controlled pace and underrated technique.

4 standout players from Arsenal's 6-0 win over West Ham

Saka and Rice weren't the only players to shine. Two others brought flair and fluidity to the final third in arguably the easiest performance on the eye of the Arteta era.

1. Leandro Trossard

Leandro Trossard
Trossard was irresistible in the first half / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Range is an appropriate catchphrase for Leandro Trossard's performance. The utility man of Arsenal's attack showed scope both in possession and off the ball.

Trossard's range on the ball was summed up by a bevy of accurate, long passes. Two in particular were worth the price of admission.

The first picked out Kai Havertz on the left just before the half-hour mark. Nothing came of the attack, but the pass was a thing of beauty.

So was the straight ball over the top to release Saka to win a penalty he converted for Arsenal's second goal. There were shades of Cesc Fabregas about the way Trossard lofted this ball with just the right pace and weight.

That Trossard still managed to curl in a sweet strike of his own only summed up his quality on the day.

So did his deft manipulation of positions and space. Was Trossard the false 9? Was he the roving 8-and-a-half Arteta has lifted straight out of Pep Guardiola's tactics manual?

Ultimately, it didn't matter which position Trossard hovered into most. He remained central to Arsenal's rapid and intelligent raids forward.

Trossard's guile dovetailed brilliantly with the other key figure in Arsenal's forward contingent.

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