West Ham skipper Mark Noble has reflected on Wednesday’s trip to the Emirates stadium which ended in a 3-0 defeat.
Slaven Bilic’s side, who won this fixture 2-0 last season, appeared to be doing enough to earn another result at Arsenal as the first half ended goalless.
However, Arsenal upped their game after the break and put the Hammers to sword with three unanswered goals.
The Gunners’ opening goal came from Mesut Ozil, who has attracted much criticism in recent weeks. And according to Noble, the contribution of Arsenal’s German international is what really decided the game.
“The first goal killed us really,” Noble said
“We defended so well in the first half and then when you get that little bit of misfortune and a couple of players run across Daz [Randolph] and he doesn’t see it, that’s what happens.”
“That goal really killed us and we couldn’t hold on after that.
“The group and the team are remaining positive and if you’re not, it’s not good for the team.
“We need to just go about our business in the next couple of days professionally and pick each other up ready to go again on Saturday.”