Despite the defeat, West Ham fans can take great heart from the performance. Manuel Pellegrini said after the match that he was pleased with the performance from his players.
One player who particularly impressed was Felipe Anderson – the club’s record signing. The Brazilian struggled to make an impact in the opening two matches, but he looked sharper against the Gunners.
Along with his brilliant touches and flicks, he was lively and a constant threat throughout the match. Comfortable with the ball on his feet, he gave Bellerin a torrid time in the middle, and his super break lead to Arnautovic’s opener in the first half.
The 25-year-old was head and shoulders above the rest, and the Hammers fans were absolutely delighted with his performance. Here are some of the best reactions on Twitter:
Some of Fabianskis saves are top draw , really happy we signed him so impressed especially the low reactions , also glad fans are starting to realise Anderson is class. Wolves is a MUST win though, we have to know our best team now ⚒ COYI @WestHamUtd #coyi
— Martyn Hobbs (@MartynHobbs12) August 26, 2018
I thought we were Great and created some really excellent chances on another day we’d have scored 3/4 . Buzzing for Anderson , thought he was great today . Onwards and upwards #coyi
— ⚒ Darren Skingle ⚒ (@DRS_Engineering) August 26, 2018
Anderson looked lively, starting to see his pace now. Snodgrass, Sanchez did well. Score flattered The Arse™ today. We should have been 4 up at half-time. COYI
— Dean Marsh (@deanrmarsh) August 25, 2018
— Adam Saunders ⚒⚒⚒#FBPE ???? (@BeardUnsheared) August 25, 2018
Unlucky today performance much better a lot of positives Anderson looks some player! #coyi
— Jamie (@Jmorbster1) August 25, 2018
Anderson is a top class player, and he showed glimpses of his vast potential against the Gunners. He is still settling in at his new club, and can only get better as the season progresses.