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David Moyes called West Ham’s 6-0 humiliation at Arsenal the worst defensive display since his return to the club, as thousands of fans left at half-time.
The Gunners led 4-0 at half-time thanks to goals from William Saliba, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel and Leandro Trossard.
And further goals after the break from Saka and Declan Rice added to the home team’s misery.
This leaves Moyes without a win in five league games, having previously beaten Arsenal twice this season: 3-1 in the Carabao Cup and 2-0 in the league.
“It’s been a really poor day for us,” said Moyes, who returned to the club in December 2019. “It’s very difficult to explain, honestly.” Arsenal played very well. (It’s) difficult to explain how we played so badly.
Wesy Ham suffered a 6-0 humiliation against London Arsenal at the London Stadium
David Moyes says it was his team’s worst defensive performance since returning to the club
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“It’s a bit disappointing for me, I don’t think since I returned to the club my teams have defended like that, ever.”
“Today we were weak. We didn’t do the job well enough. We don’t fight to contain it anymore and make sure we don’t give in. We could have also conceded other goals.
‘Arsenal went up another level today if I’m honest. I saw that in them. Maybe they also had something to prove by coming here and getting a result. But I can’t just talk about us, and we weren’t at the races at all.’
The performance made the home fans leave at half-time. Although Moyes was circumspect and mentioned the good times Hammers fans have enjoyed in recent years. That includes winning the Europa Conference League last season.
He added: “For a football fan, especially of this club that people know a lot more about than I do, I came back twice to keep them out of relegation – there will always be bad times.”
Moyes also praised Arsenal, saying the Gunners had “gone up another level”.
“Just three months ago we were having probably the best time West Ham have ever had.
“Let’s be fair, the last three years have probably been as good as West Ham’s. Sixth, seventh in the League, semi-final in Europe. A final of a European competition. I still think this club has grown.
‘We’ve certainly had a terrible day today so I totally understand why they’re gone. Sometimes football clubs are going to have a bad day. We had a bad day. But I certainly won’t forget the good ones.’