Yarmolenko excellent, Wilshere not so much, Roberto’s league debut & more- Five Talking Points from Bournemouth 2-2 West Ham

West Ham extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six games as they drew 2-2 with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. A draw was probably a fair result for both sides after an enthralling afternoon of play on the South Coast. Here are our talking points from the game.

Andriy Yarmolenko excellent: We thought Andriy Yarmolenko was good last week against United, but he was even better today against Bournemouth. Scored a fine opening goal- almost a replica of his strike against United from last week, and played a key part in Aaron Cresswell’s equaliser. His interplay with Sebastien Haller was fantastic to watch and he gave Cherries left back Diego Rico a torrid afternoon.

The Ukrainian didn’t shy away from his defensive duties either, regularly helping Ryan Fredericks on the right wing. All in all, a very fine afternoon of work from him, and he was given the full 90 on the pitch today by Manuel Pellegrini.

Jack Wilshere disappointing: As good as Yarmolenko was, Jack Wilshere was disappointing today. He was a replacement midway through the second half for skipper Mark Noble, but didn’t appear to be on the same wavelength as his teammates, with several one-two’s just not coming off. Didn’t have the impact that Pellegrini might have wanted him to, and on evidence of what we’ve seen so far, he hasn’t done enough to force himself into the starting XI.

Roberto’s Premier League debut and Fabianski’s injury: Lukas Fabianski has been an ever-present under the sticks at the London Stadium since his arrival at the club, but was injured today in the first half while attempting to take a goal kick.

Fabianski’s injury gave Roberto his Premier League debut. The Spaniard didn’t have the best of games though- his distribution was poor, although he did make one very crucial save to deny Callum Wilson at the end. Hammers fans will be praying that Fabianski’s injury is not too serious and that he returns soon.

Plenty of goals, as expected: The last ten games between Bournemouth and West Ham had produced 37 goals and fans expecting a goal fest today at the Vitality Stadium were not disappointed. Between them, the two teams had 30 shots, and there were a dozen corners in the game. A thoroughly entertaining clash, and could’ve very easily produced more goals but for some good saves from both goalkeepers- young Ramsdale for Bournemouth and Roberto for the Hammers.

Manuel Pellegrini would however not have been very pleased with the Hammers’ defence today- there was no one marking King for his first goal, and Bournemouth’s second came just 29 seconds after kick off. West Ham had conceded only twice in the last five games after the opening day capitulation against City, and came into this fixture on the back of three consecutive league clean sheets.

VAR kept busy: VAR was seen in action plenty of times today. Joshua King’s goal was originally flagged by the linesman for offside, and after a long deliberation which saw plenty of lines being drawn on the screen, VAR reversed the decision. While this one went in favour of the Cherries, others didn’t- Nathan Ake had one ruled out, and there was a late tussle between Cresswell and King that saw the latter take a tumble in the box. Both players had grabbed each other’s shirts, but VAR deemed there wasn’t enough to overrule Stuart Attwell’s on-field call.

Bournemouth 2 (Joshua King 17, Callum Wilson 46) West Ham 2 (Aaron Cresswell 10, Andriy Yarmolenko 74)

Attendance: 10,729

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