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What happened with Arsenal last night has dealt a triple blow to West Ham and David Moyes

What happened with Arsenal last night has dealt a big triple blow to West Ham United and David Moyes.

West Ham have been in a five club battle for four European places with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United and Wolves.

One of those is the coveted Champions League spot for finishing fourth while fifth and sixth is guaranteed a Europa League spot after Crystal Palace lost in the FA Cup semi-finals to Chelsea.

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After three consecutive defeats, Arsenal got back to winning ways with a shock 4-2 victory away at Chelsea on Wednesday night.

And the result has serious ramifications for West Ham.

Indeed what happened with Arsenal last night has dealt a triple blow to West Ham and Moyes.

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What happened with Arsenal last night has dealt a triple blow to West Ham and David Moyes

The first big blow was the fact the result increased the gap between West Ham and Arsenal and Spurs in fourth and fifth to five points.

Given Arsenal and Spurs still have a game in hand – although it is against one another – the Gunners’s win looks to have ended any fading hopes West Ham had of snatching that last Champions League spot after some costly recent results, including the 1-1 draw with Burnley and 2-0 defeat at Brentford.

Top six remains the realistic aim for West Ham as fifth and sixth place are guaranteed a Europa League spot after Crystal Palace were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea.

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But even that now looks like a three-club fight between West Ham, Man United and Wolves for sixth place.

West Ham do, of course, have a second bite at the cherry for Champions League qualification. If they win the Europa League they will automatically qualify for the group stages of Europe’s elite tournament while simultaneously ending their 42-year wait for a major trophy.

The second potential blow is the actual defeat inflicted on Chelsea, West Ham’s opponents at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The last time Chelsea took a hammering in a London derby – 4-1 at home against Brentford earlier this month – they responded emphatically by thrashing Southampton 6-0 in the next game.

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That does not necessarily mean West Ham are going to be lambs to the slaughter at Stamford Bridge. But it is an indication that Thomas Tuchel gets a response from his side after a chastening defeat.

Of course on the other hand losing is not good for confidence so West Ham must try and prey on that as much as possible.

And the third big blow from Arsenal’s win over Chelsea was the performance of striker Eddie Nketiah.

The forward, whose Arsenal contract is up in the summer as things stand, has been linked with a move to West Ham for over a year.

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Earlier this month Football Insider claimed West Ham boss Moyes has already registered his interest in signing the slick finisher this summer.

But Nketiah’s brilliant performance and brace in Arsenal’s win may completely turn his future on its head.

Arsenal may be more convinced of his talent than previously. And the player himself may be more inclined to sign a new deal if he feels he will get more chances to showcase his talent.

Failing that, many more clubs will have been alerted to Nketiah’s potential thus increasing the competition West Ham might face if Moyes does want him this summer.

The result was a real kick in the teeth for West Ham and Moyes in more ways than one.

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