Michail Antonio spoke to the club’s official website on Saturday after his side’s unfortunate defeat to Arsenal, and absolutely raved about West Ham’s defensive unit.
The Hammers were so unlucky to leave the Emirates empty handed on Saturday.
David Moyes’s side looked very dangerous in the final third during the entire match, and extremely solid defensively.
West Ham were just not clinical enough in front of goal. And Arsenal’s winner from Alexandre Lacazette was yet another example of VAR costing the east London outfit at least a point.
There were certainly a lot of positives for the Hammers to take from the game against the Gunners, however.
One of them being how solid West Ham defended as a unit. Lukasz Fabianski made some very good saves, and he commanded his penalty area with authority. Jeremy Ngakia and Aaron Cresswell kept Arsenal’s wingers quiet, whilst Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna were absolute rocks at the heart of the Hammers’ defence.
And Antonio highlighted just how well the five names mentioned above defended against Arsenal, when speaking to WHUFC.com on Saturday:
“Our defenders did unbelievably today. The strikers are just going to have to take it on board and be better. There were opportunities for us, of course, which we didn’t take, and we got punished for it in the end.
Antonio is right. West Ham defended very well against Arsenal. But the attacking players really need to improve upon their output in the final third, if the Hammers are to avoid relegation this season.
It’s Wolves up next, and Moyes’s men will have their work cut-out against what is a very good side.
West Ham desperately need three points next Sunday. They have the ability. But can they take their chances on the day? Only time will tell.