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West Ham are in a “really good place” despite Arsenal “blip”, says Moyes

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David Moyes insists West Ham are in a “really good place” despite last Sunday’s 6-0 hammering by London rivals Arsenal.

Moyes’ position at the London Stadium has again been the subject of discussion this week following his players’ meek surrender to the Gunners.

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West Ham visit Nottingham Forest tomorrow and Moyes is expecting a reaction.

He said: “We didn’t play well [against Arsenal] and we didn’t perform anywhere close to the level. We were up against a formidable team and we were punished for it.

“We’re all in it together, we’re going to act as though it’s a blip and try to bounce back tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing the attitude of the players and the commitment they show.”

Moyes continues to face opposition from a section of Hammers fans who don’t consider his style of football to be entertaining enough.

The Scot disputes that assessment and believes his team have been good to watch.

He added: “I think we’ve been really good entertainment. We’ve scored more goals than we’ve ever done before, we have got three or four players from the biggest countries in the world at our club. I think we’re in a really good place.”

One of those star players, Brazil’s Lucas Paqueta, is not fit to return tomorrow at the City Ground.

“Lucas Paqueta is not fit and available,” said Moyes. “He’s been on the grass for a couple of days, but he’s not ready yet.

“We’ve missed Lucas loads. We’ve had a few players out recently, but I can see other teams who have had similar issues and that’s part of the game.

“Michail Antonio’s back available. We need to see exactly how he is, but he’s back in the squad training.

“Kurt Zouma is fine. The bigger issue was Edson Alvarez who came off with illness last time out, but he’s recovered as well.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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