Wright criticises West Ham forward for “not helping the team”

Jason Soutar
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright during an ITV broadcast

Ian Wright believes West Ham striker Michail Antonio was ‘not helping the team at all’ during their 2-0 loss at Arsenal.

The Hammers were beaten comfortably by their London rivals on Wednesday evening, meaning the Gunners finished the night in fourth place.

Arsenal leapfrogged West Ham in the process, entering the top four for the first time in 14 months.


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Antonio looked isolated for much of the match and was ineffective as the lone striker. He has now gone 13 matches in all competitions without scoring.

Wright – who played for both London clubs – was not impressed by the Jamaica international’s performance, saying that he didn’t help the team during Wednesday’s defeat.

“He needs to hold those and let people come support him,” he told Optus Sport (via HITC). “That’s one of the inexperience of being a centre-forward.

“He’s very good at it but in these instances you think to yourself okay just turn now and let people come out and keep it. This is where West Ham are falling short because he’s not actually helping the team at all.”

Meanwhile, David Moyes was “most disappointed” by the way in which Vladimir Coufal conceded a penalty and got sent off in the defeat to Arsenal.

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.

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.”

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.”

Next up for West Ham is Norwich City at the London Stadium, before a trip to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.