We crumpled to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against West Ham this past Sunday afternoon, with our players appearing static and lethargic against a Slaven Bilic side that looked to have far more desire to win.
Arsene Wenger claims the fact that West Ham are already five weeks into their season is the reason for the defeat, with the Hammers already competing in – and crashing out of – the Europa League.
“We were not convincing offensively or defensively. I knew it it could be a tricky game, if you can’t win the game, make sure you don’t lose it,” the manager said (via the Daily Star).
“We know fitness wise, West Ham were ahead of us, they had already played competitive games. You never get the same intensity. Well done West Ham. We will respond to that accident.
“Today we have been hurt mentally and it is a good opportunity to respond.”
In all honesty, there is no excuse for us to have lost to West Ham – and especially to be beaten so comprehensively. We looked far less sharp than we have done in pre-season, and while the East London side were good, it was more about our deficiencies than their strengths.
The entire team looked sluggish – bar Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – and we let our heads drop the moment we went behind. Summer signing Petr Cech was tipped to give us a huge boost this season, but when his mistake led to the goal, the morale of the team seemed to plummet.
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We will need to improve drastically if we are to have any hope of challenging for the title this season, and we can’t afford many performances like this one.