Moyes ‘most disappointed’ in West Ham star after Arsenal loss

Will Ford
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David Moyes was “most disappointed” by the way in which Vladimir Coufal conceded a penalty and got sent off in the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday.

The defender won the ball in his slide tackle against Alexandre Lacazette, but also made contact with the striker in the box, leading to a penalty and a second yellow card.

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Lacazette missed the spot kick, but goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe secured a big three points for the Hammers against one of ther rivals for Champions League football.

Moyes said after the game that Coufal should have done better with what was an “easy tackle to make”.

Moyes told BBC Match of the Day: “I was most disappointed with how the penalty came around.

“We missed a header and got into a mess in the back four. But Vladimir gave the referee a decision to make.

“I think it was an easy tackle to make, to toe-poke the ball away and knock it out or have a really good block. Because he only connects with the top part of the ball so his foot carries on he gives Anthony Taylor a decision to make.”

In another interview with BT Sport, Moyes added: “I think that Anthony Taylor might have got this one right. I think he did get the ball but Vladimir Coufal should have got better contact on the ball and maybe toe-poked it away or he needs to get fuller contact on it.”

The win for Arsenal took them above West Ham and into the coveted fourth spot in the Premier League.

After the game, Arteta described the performance and result as a “statement”.

“Really pleased with the performance, the quality, the energy, the passion and the crowd,” the Arsenal boss told BT Sport.

“We had some really good moments. It was a really difficult team to play against. They have a lot of solutions and are a threat in many, many ways. I think we controlled them pretty well so credit to the boys.

“It was a great first goal. That’s what Gabriel [Martinelli] can do. He is always a threat and this pace is really good for him to exploit.

“The second one was good on the counter-attack. It’s a shame we miss a penalty in that moment as it would have given us more time to relax because you can’t against this team. They can score a goal in any action.

“It was a big game for us to obviously have the capacity to go above them and move fourth. It was a statement.

“We had been pretty strong at home so we needed to put a good performance in against a good team and I think we did that.”