The inability of West Ham to see the game out against Arsenal will cut David Moyes‘ deeply and does not bode well for their European hopes.
That is according to ex-Premier League star Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Moyes’ side surrendered a 3-0 lead to Arsenal on Sunday.
The Irons scored all their goals inside the first 32 minutes before two own goals and an Alexandre Lacazette header completed a thrilling Arsenal comeback.
Victory would have seen the East London side move level on points with Chelsea in 4th, with West Ham dreaming of a top-four finish for the first time since 1986.
Whelan claims the manner of the defeat will have hit Moyes the hardest, suggesting that it doesn’t bode well for their Champions League ambitions.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “He will be absolutely fuming with that. They were 3-0 up, scored two own goals. When you go 3-0 up against Arsenal, you’re thinking this is your day. It was some goal from Jesse Lingard.
“It was a good performance, one that could have given them that edge in pushing and keeping up with the rest of the teams going for those European spots.
“If you’re going to be trying to get into Europe, you’ve got to be finishing these games off. That’s what will have upset David Moyes the most.
“A London derby to give you a really good position in the league, strong three points, you’ve got to finish those games off.
“He’ll be looking back thinking they are really bad goals to give away. Defensively, they were poor.”
Moyes has achieved a top-four finish once before, with Everton in the 2004-05 campaign.
West Ham will hope to keep their continental aspirations alive when they face Wolves after the two-week international break.