Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes his team is gaining momentum in the Premier League title race after a stunning 6-0 victory over West Ham. This follows their impressive win over Liverpool last week, marking their biggest away win in the Premier League.
West Ham had no answer to Arsenal’s attack, with William Saliba scoring the opening goal and setting the tone for the match. Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Magalhaes and Leandro Trossard all found the back of the net before half-time.
Saka added another goal in the second half, and Rice scored a long-range sixth to add insult to injury. “We are maintaining and building some momentum now,” said Arteta. “Performances have been strong as well as results in recent weeks. We need to maintain that because other teams are doing that as well. We are not the only ones.”
On the other hand, it was a tough day for West Ham and their manager David Moyes. “It was a really poor day for us, very difficult to explain really,” he admitted. “Arsenal played extremely well, give them credit, but it’s difficult to explain how we played so poorly.
“We’re normally a lot stronger, we didn’t show that today. I’m disappointed with the way we fell apart when the game hadn’t looked as if it was going to be as big as that.
“I don’t think since I’ve come back to the club my team’s defended that way, ever. We were weak today, we didn’t do our jobs well enough, we didn’t fight to contain it harder.
“I’ve had teams here which maybe haven’t had the same quality that we have now but we would have made sure we didn’t put in a performance like that, that’s for sure.”
After West Ham’s victories over Arsenal and Manchester United in December, there was chatter about a Champions League challenge. They’ve lost to both teams in the last eight days, letting in nine goals, and they still haven’t won a match in 2024.
While Moyes might not be panicking yet, the sight of hundreds of West Ham fans leaving at half-time painted a grim picture.
“To be a football supporter, and especially at this club I came back twice to keep them out of relegation there’s always going to be bad times,” he added. “It was only a few months ago we were having probably the best time West Ham have ever had.
“Probably the last three years have been as good a time as West Ham have had. Sixth, seventh in the league, a semi-final in Europe, a final.
“I still think this club has grown and undoubtedly we’ve had a terrible day today. I totally understand them leaving but at football clubs you’re going to have bad days. I certainly wouldn’t forget the good ones.”