Looking grim – Gooners 3, Hammers 0

This sums it up really:

Fraught defending, zero service to Carroll, nothing creative in the midfield……….there is nothing really good or positive to say about this match apart from the fact that we kept it at 0-0 in the first half.

We really are in trouble now…….the situation is not good and despite my admiration for Slav, it certainly looks like his days could be numbered.

Will West Ham ever win again?

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West Ham’s match with Swansea on Saturday could be crucial

West Ham have not won a game in more than two months and have Tottenham to thank for them not being dragged closer into the relegation zone.

Before Spurs’ comeback against Swansea [West Ham’s opponents on Saturday], the Hammers looked set to be only three points above the relegation zone. Instead it is five.

In the first half, the Hammers were OK, but they collapsed after the Gunners – who are short of confidence themselves – scored their opener.

The Hammers’ only two shots on target – from Manuel Lanzini and Edimilson Fernandes – came after the game had already gone.

Michail Antonio, returning from a hamstring injury, only lasted 45 minutes before being replaced at half-time by Robert Snodgrass.

Striker Diafra Sakho made his first appearance since November after recovering from a back injury, although he only touched the ball eight times after his second-half introduction.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic told BBC Sport: “Arsenal deserved to win. The first half was OK, not only because of the score but we were good. We defended well with numbers. And we were also good on counter-attacks.

“In the second half they raised the tempo and scored a goal, and they were the better team. They were sharper than us tonight.

“We wanted to keep a clean sheet and the draw as long as possible, or even better to score, and make their fans and players a bit more nervous. But they started to play with more freedom after scoring.

“Of course we are [in a relegation battle]. We don’t have to hide it. It’s not being negative, it’s being realistic. I told the players to forget today – we have big games ahead of us. It’s a massive game against Swansea on Saturday. We are in a fight to keep our Premier League status. We have to start winning games.

“To get that confidence back is the key point. One win will change everything for us. Because three points at this stage of the season are massive.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39426761

Arsenal: Martinez, Bellerin, Gabriel, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny (Ramsey 81), Walcott (Oxlade-Chamberlain 81), Ozil, Welbeck (Giroud 74), Sanchez.

Subs not used: Gibbs, Mertesacker, Iwobi, Macey.

Goals: Ozil 58, Walcott 69, Giroud 83

Bookings: Bellerin 18

West Ham United: Randolph, Byram, Collins, Fonte, Masuaku, Noble (Fernandes 80), Kouyate, Antonio (Snodgrass 46), Lanzini, Ayew, Carroll (Sakho 63).

Subs not used: Nordtveit, Feghouli, Adrian, Calleri.

Bookings: Lanzini 39, Byram 77

 

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