David Moyes has condemned West Ham’s defense against Arsenal, calling it “atrocious”.
The Hammers endured a torrid afternoon against the Gunners in which they fell 6-0 to Mikel Arteta’s side.
Four goals before half-time put the game to bed for Arsenal, before Declan Rice’s superb goal against his former club confirmed West Ham’s misery.
With the Hammers still in the top eight in the Premier League, Moyes didn’t hold back after the match when analyzing his side’s defence.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Moyes said: “We’ve been sixth recently for a while, but the competition is really tough.
“Isn’t it great that in the last two years we’ve had a year where we finished sixth, a year where we finished seventh? Last year wasn’t very good, but we came back sixth.
“It showed that there is some sort of consistency, but I don’t remember many of my West Ham teams playing as poorly defensively as they did today.”
Asked if it was the nature of their defending that disappointed him the most, Moyes replied: “Yes. All of these things were atrocious from our point of view and there just wasn’t enough fighting, no commitment to certain actions.
“We needed to be stronger on set pieces and you don’t turn your back on him when he’s about to shoot – all those actions are the kind of things you’re brought up with as a young player.
“Today we didn’t do the right thing with those opportunities where we should have defended a lot better.”
Asked if the players were suffering as much as the fans, he added: “Yes. I think they know it.
“We probably have as good a team as here, but every other team we’ve had would never let themselves get beaten like they were today, so everyone has to pick themselves up, including the staff, we I have to do it too and prepare myself for what comes next.