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Arteta was not happy after a clumsy pass from Zinchenko in last match

Mikel Arteta

Arsenal suffered their third Premier League defeat of the 2023-24 campaign at the hands of West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, Arteta not happy with it.

The Gunners found themselves behind in controversial circumstances after 13 minutes as Tomas Soucek put the Hammers ahead from a Jarrod Bowen cross that appeared to have gone out of play.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, the officials decided to stick with the on-field decision as VAR could not determine if the whole ball was out of play and there was no conclusive proof.

Things got worse for the Gunners after their former centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos doubled the visitors’ lead ten minutes into the second-half, and they struggled to break down a resilient West Ham defence.

Arteta not happy with his defender

Arsenal were below par last night, with most of their players failing to step up when it mattered most,

And Ukraine international left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko was particularly poor.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta was furious with the former Manchester City star following a poor pass from him to Ben White, according to CBS Sports Soccer Correspondent James Benge.

Bowen almost intercepted it, and the home supporters were far from pleased with Zinchenko’s decision.

The full-back has been far from solid at the back this term,

Allowing Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah to draw the Reds level at Anfield on Saturday.

Despite his quality and experience, Zinchenko has struggled to put in assuring performances in most of his appearances for Arsenal this term.

The current lack of depth at the back owing to several injuries

And Arteta’s refusal to hand Reuell Walters a chance means that the Ukrainian will continue to feature regularly going forward.

He needs to step up his game and improve significantly as his frequent errors

And also lapse in concentration could end up proving costly.

This stat highlights just how desperate Arteta’s side are for a clinical striker to convert chances into goals. The defeat against West Ham could have easily been avoid.

If Arsenal had a world class striker capable of turning half chances into goals,

With Arteta even questioning how his side could have 30 shots and not score.

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