By Amir Mir
Rio Ferdinand has stated that West Ham being beaten 5-1 against Arsenal at the weekend was like a “charity game”.
The TV pundit and former defender also slammed defender Angelo Ogbonna, 28, for his lack of effort in the team’s London derby meltdown.
Slaven Bilic’s side suffered their eighth defeat of the Premier League campaign when Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez hit a stunning hat-trick at the London Stadium to inflict more pain on their rivals.
The result leaves the east London club, one point and one place above the drop zone and they could fall into the bottom three, if 19th placed Hull beat Middlesbrough on Monday night.
Additionally, they have conceded 29 goals in 14 league games, an unwanted stat only eclipsed by Swansea, who sit bottom of the table.
After the game, Bilic was critical of his player’s desire in training and on the pitch and Ferdinand revealed his thoughts on the Croatian’s comments.
“I would be taking that as a personal insult, if I was a player,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “If your manager is questioning your application in training and then that reflects badly in the game, I’d take that personally.
“[The Arsenal defeat] was like a charity game. The centre-half, Ogbonna, ambling to people, not getting up against anyone.”
Rio Ferdinand & Ian Wright are spot on as they discuss Bilic's post-match comments, the team performance and Andy Carroll. pic.twitter.com/EWG0WeDu9X
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Former England centre-back Ferdinand came through the ranks at the Boleyn Ground, making 131 appearances in all competitions for the London club.
The Hammers task for survival and bid to turn their fortunes around will not get easier when they travel to Merseyside this weekend to take on title chasers Liverpool at Anfield.
The Reds boast the strongest attacking record in the league as they have scored a remarkable 35 goals in 14 league games, despite their 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will no doubt target one of the weakest defences in the league as they are also unbeaten on home soil this term.
In other West Ham news, former Hammers defender Rio Ferdinand has reportedly made a bold offer to the club.