From Pablo Zabaleta’s air-kick receiving little sympathy from the stands to ongoing striking problems for Chelsea, there was plenty going on in this bottom versus top Premier League clash.
As always, Sportsmail is on hand to point out some of the things you may have missed at the London Stadium
While not fancied to beat Chelsea, West Ham showed their intent early on as right-back Pablo Zabaleta charged forward down the wing.
Presented with an opportunity to swing in a cross, the veteran defender lined it up… and completely missed the ball.
Worse was to come for the ex-Manchester City man as a fan sat just behind Zabaleta made his joy at the mistake clear for all to see.
Receving the ball in a dangerous position, Pablo Zabaleta prepares to swing in a cross
Unfortunately, the ball runs away from him as he swipes at fresh air and the ball runs out of play
A supporter in the crowd makes sure Zabaleta is well aware of what he thinks about the error
There was little sympathy available on social media either, with fans quick to pick up on Zabaleta’s uncharacteristic error.
One user dubbed it ‘one of the best air kicks you are going to see’ while another wondered why he isn’t still at Manchester City.
Out of touch Giroud sums up Chelsea’s striking concerns
While Chelsea have started the season in fine form, there remains the big question over their best option up front.
Alvaro Morata has managed just one goal in six starts and two in all of 2018, prompting a recent recall for Olivier Giroud.
Yet Giroud fared no better against West Ham, managing just 14 touches in the first 45 minutes, the least of any player on the pitch.
The Frenchman, who went the entire World Cup without a shot on target, was summarily replaced by Morata after 65 minutes.
Olivier Giroud endured another frustrating afternoon as Chelsea’s strikers continue to toil
West Ham steward shows his bottle
There seemed to be no issues at all as Felipe Anderson prepared to take a routine corner for West Ham.
Yet, for no apparent reason, the steward located by the corner flag opted to move his bottle directly into the path of Anderson’s run-up.
This promptly forces the steward to relocate his bottle again in a rather bizarre and inexplicable mid-game incident.
As Felipe Anderson places the ball down, his run-up seems to be entirely unobstructed
Yet the steward sat nearby opts to put his bottle down in his way as he takes a step backwards
This leads to a hasty reshuffling as the official realises his error and seeks to correct it
The Brazil midfielder is then able to continue his corner routine without any issue
Maurizio Sarri’s record attempt goes up in smoke
Chelsea’s blistering start to the season had put Maurizio Sarri on the verge becoming just the third boss in Premier League history to boast a 100 per cent record after his first six games in charge.
Carlo Ancelotti, who replaced Sarri at Napoli this summer, achieved this at Chelsea in 2009, while Pep Guardiola matched this feat in 2016 at Manchester City.
Yet the Blues were held to a goalless draw at the London Stadium to end his hopes of setting a new record.
The Italian did however continue another habit, as he was again spotted pretending to smoke on the sidelines.
Sarri has made a habit this season of putting a half-smoked, unlit cigarette in his mouth during matches to circumvent the no smoking policy at Premier League grounds.
Maurizio Sarri was again seen pretending to smoke pitchside during a Premier League match
The Italian removes the cigarette briefly to bark instructions at his players during the match
Sarri was spotted ‘smoking’ on the sidelines at previous Premier League games this season
Fabianski faces up to Chelsea threat
Chelsea were curiously limp in attack against their London rivals, but with 20 minutes left substitute Alvaro Morata was presented with a golden opportunity.
The out-of-form striker produced an instinctive poke at goal and must have thought he’d provided the breakthrough.
Yet Hammers stopper Fabianski produced an unorthdox save, going face-first to preserve his first clean sheet of the campaign.
The ex-Arsenal man looked a little dazed after the improvised stop, but would have been felling much better at the final whistle as his side recorded a valuable point.
Alvaro Morata thinks he has put Chelsea ahead but is stopped by Lukas Fabianski
The veteran keeper doesn’t seem to know too much about the unorthdox stop
The pain would appear to be worth it as Fabianski holds on to keep a valuable clean sheet
Jorginho gets touchy but can’t provide a breakthrough
Jorginho has impressed in holding midfield for Chelsea since his summer arrival, quickly implenting his manager’s style on the pitch.
And he took it to another level with a Premier League-record 191 touches during the match.
This was 87 more than anyone else, while he also attempted 180 passes – more than 100 more than any other player.
During the first half alone he registered 91 passes with a 91.5 per cent success rate.
Yet it wasn’t enough and Chelsea were left to rue their first dropped points of the season.
Italy midfielder Jorinho set a Premier League record with 191 touches against West Ham
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