West Ham: Pundit slams Moyes decision - 'he's got that wrong'

By Noel Whelan

4th May, 2022 | 9:10am

West Ham news: Expert slams David Moyes move as quotes emerge - 'he's got that wrong'

Noel Whelan has slammed David Moyes for resting out-of-sorts striker Michail Antonio before “the biggest game in the recent history” of West Ham on Thursday (5 May).

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 32-year-old could have re-found his goalscoring touch with a start against Arsenal after scoring in the first leg against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Antonio played just 19 minutes in West Ham’s 2-1 loss against Arsenal on Sunday (1 May), just days after ending a 10-match goalless streak with a strike in the Europa League.

Speaking to Sky Sports post-match, Moyes slammed the striker’s impact from the bench – insisting his side were “better before bringing players on” and suggesting the Jamaican made no “impact” inside Arsenal’s box.

Whelan suggested Antonio should have been given the opportunity to banish his woes in front of goal with another start.

“It was a crucial game in the season, right before arguably the biggest game of West Ham’s recent history,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“You’re looking for these big players like Antonio to go on a run. No one will have wanted to miss out against Arsenal, and I was very surprised to see Antonio dropped.

“David Moyes hasn’t been wrong too often this season, but he got that decision wrong. Antonio should have been leading the line and trying to find that goalscoring touch again.

“He’d have caused a lot of problems for Arsenal during the game, and they really missed his pace, strength, and direct running.

“It was all too easy for Arsenal for most of the game.

“He’s the one player who needed to continue that form going into Thursday’s game.”

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