West Ham United 3-3 Arsenal – Reaction
It was understandably a case of mixed emotions for David Moyes after he’d witnessed his West Ham United side establish and subsequently relinquish a three-goal lead in a pulsating derby clash with Arsenal at the London Stadium.
The Hammers appeared home and hosed just after the half-hour mark thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek. However, after Alexandre Lacazette’s strike had deflected off the unlucky Soucek, West Ham wobbled. Another own-goal from Craig Dawson set up a grandstand finish during which the Esat Londoners twitched and Lacazette earned the Gunners a point,
“We played really well for about thirty minutes, maybe as well as we have played for a while so I was really pleased with that,” Moyes explained.
“Unfortunately, we just gave a goal away just before half-time, it was a shot that was going wide and it hits Tomas, so that changes the game a bit but I have to say Arsenal played well and made it difficult for us in the second half.
“We are disappointed we didn’t take three points but I am not disappointed that we played against Arsenal and gave them a good game and tried to make it as hard as we can for them and challenge them right to the end.”
When quizzed over old deficiencies resurfacing, Moyes added: “I get the chance to see the players every day and obviously like all clubs we have our weaknesses and we have to try and do everything to protect them. Sometimes it will happen and I think we played against a good team today as well who have been in good form.
“They beat Tottenham last week and they are in the quarter-finals of the Europa League as well so they are in a bit of decent form.
“We did not allow them to show it in the first-half because we were all over them really for most of it, but certainly, in the second half we struggled to hang in there and then we had the moments to win the game and we did not take those chances.”