West Ham moved out of the relegation zone on Sunday afternoon as they defeated Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park.
The Hammers headed into the game in a dire run of form, having lost all four of their opening Premier League fixtures. Everton, meanwhile, were hoping to get back to winning ways after drawing their previous two matches.
It was West Ham who took the lead in the first half, though as Marko Arnautovic provided Andriy Yarmolenko with a simple tap-in on his full Premier League debut.
Yarmolenko then added insult to injury against the club he nearly signed for in previous transfer windows as he curled a wonderful effort beyond the reach of Jordan Pickford in the Everton net, making it 2-0 to the visitors.
On the stroke of half-time, the Toffees pulled a goal back courtesy of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s header but saw their efforts amount to nothing, as Arnautovic finished a slick move in the second half to secure a 3-1 win.
It was an impressive display from Manuel Pellegrini’s side as they won their first game of the new Premier League season. Here are our player ratings.
Lukasz Fabianski - 8
Fabianski turned in a strong display. He claimed crosses well and made some smart stops to deny Everton.
Pablo Zabaleta - 8
Rarely tested on the flank but was accomplished throughout, as his experienced prevailed.
Issa Diop - 8
Bar a couple of hairy moments in the first-half, Diop was superb.
Fabian Balbuena - 7
His concentration occasionally went awry but he was generally solid.
Arthur Masuaku - 7
Theo Walcott was kept quiet by Masuaku. He was energetic throughout.
Pedro Obiang - 9
Superb performance. Obiang looked back to his best as he pulled the strings in midfield.
Declan Rice - 9
Rice was similarly exceptional. His passing was superb and he was the heartbeat of the West Ham team.
Mark Noble - 7
Made some questionable decisions and passes in the first half but was always keen to get on the ball and create for his side.
Andriy Yarmolenko - 9
A superb performance. He took his two goals well and was a constant thorn in the Everton side. Lucas Digne couldn’t contain him.
Felipe Anderson - 8
Anderson was in and out of the game in the first-half but burst into life after the interval. He was excellent on the left and got the better of Jonjoe Kenny frequently.
Marko Arnautovic - 9
Arnautovic turned in a selfless, exceptional performance up front. He was instrumental in the opener and finished the third in style. Pellegrini will be desperately hoping that his injury is not serious.
Michail Antonio – 6: Tirelessly worked to hold the ball up for West Ham but his use of possession wasn’t always impressive.
Carlos Sanchez – 6: Barely noticeable. Shielded the defence comfortably.
Robert Snodgrass – 6: Energetic but occasionally too eager.