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West Ham 1-0 Arsenal: Big questions for Unai Emery and the club after dismal defeat

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I can’t tell anyone else what to think or what to make of yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham, but I can tell you this morning, in the cold light of day and with some time to reflect upon it, that I found it really worrying.

Unai Emery picked a back three, as I expected he would, played both of his £50m strikers, and somehow expected a team without any real creativity to win a game away from home.



Generally though, there were positives that we looked to as signs of a new manager working things out at a club which was entering a new era and going through substantial change.



On the other side Ainsley Maitland-Niles didn’t offer much, and in midfield Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi found themselves outplayed by their West Ham counterparts.

During our 22 game unbeaten run there were things that were good, and things that were not so good.

It’s difficult to focus on the bad when you’re not losing games, but I tried to temper praise for what was going right with some reflection on areas which still needed some work.

Guendouzi’s touch was heavy, Mustafi slid in (of course) to try and rescue the ball, got booked, they ended up with a corner which we cleared but when the ball came back in Xhaka’s poor header saw the ball fall to Declan Rice who scored his first ever West Ham goal.
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