Arteta confesses the defeat against West Ham as one of the most exasperating evenings at Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta conceded that Arsenal’s lack of efficiency in the attacking third was the cause of their title hopes being dealt a blow with a surprising 2-0 home defeat against West Ham. Stung by goals from Tomas Soucek and Konstantinos Mavrapanos, Arteta’s team missed the opportunity to overtake Liverpool at the top of the Premier League and failed to distance themselves from Manchester City. It was a frustrating evening for Arsenal, who had 30 shots compared to West Ham’s five, and will revive the discussion on whether they need to sign a new striker in January.

“This is football,” Arteta stated. “We analyze how much we created. The result is highly disappointing. They were superior to us in both penalty areas. That’s the way it is. We need to try to create. We couldn’t score from 30 shots. I can’t imagine a more dominant game. Today it wasn’t sufficient to win the match. It’s football. When the team generates so much, typically you win games. We generated a lot against Brighton and also against Liverpool. Today, the team deserved to secure the victory.”

Arteta hesitated to dwell on West Ham’s opening goal, as a VAR review failed to establish if the ball had crossed the line before Jarrod Bowen assisted Soucek. The angles available were inconclusive.

“I haven’t seen it,” Arteta remarked. “They say it’s inconclusive. It’s just unfortunate that with the technology, it’s not that clear. It’s in the past now, and there’s not much we can do. If the technology we have isn’t good enough to give us a definitive answer, we have to win the game based on the number of chances we created.”

David Moyes celebrated a clinical and resilient performance that propelled West Ham to sixth place. “An excellent defensive job,” the Scottish manager praised. “The players demonstrated terrific structure, organization, and discipline. Arsenal played extremely well. Defending is a major aspect of football. If you remember, Arsenal used to excel in it here.”

The only concern for West Ham was Lucas Paqueta’s knee injury, which forced him to limp off during the first half. Additionally, Kurt Zouma, the team’s captain, was absent in the center of defense.

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