Our tally of five points from the past 27 available makes for uncomfortable reading but surely we should take heart by the way West Ham performed against Arsenal?
We were disciplined in defence, and the pace and power of Bowen, Sebastien Haller and Antonio ensured they carried a threat on the break. But for some errant finishing and wayward final passes, we could have claimed a notable scalp and three precious points.
Bowen’s early effort which grazed the right-hand post was a precursor of what was to follow, with Haller and Antonio denied by Leno when well placed and the latter also flicking a close-range shot wide just before the break.
But it wasn’t to be. Alexandre Lacazette’s goal 12 minutes from time, which was confirmed by the video assistant referee, lifted the Gunners up to ninth, five points behind Chelsea in fourth.
We have now lost our past six Premier League away games and we remain 16th, above the bottom three only on goal difference.
“The opportunities were there to win and we didn’t take them. I don’t want us to be a hard luck story. I told my players I thought they played well but let’s get rid of that tag. We can’t let that happen again. We have got to be more ruthless. At this stage, I would rather we had not played well and won.”David Moyes