Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith says West Ham wrestle to trigger the identical hazard going ahead after they don’t have Michail Antonio within the aspect.
The 59-year-old was on commentary responsibility for the Gunners’ conflict in opposition to David Moyes’ aspect on Sunday and famous the dearth of killer intuition the Hammers confirmed within the first half after they have been largely on prime.
After one other assault broke down disappointingly Smith couldn’t assist however level out what a distinction there was between West Ham with and with out Antonio.
“It has unbalanced them there’s no query,” he mentioned dwell on Sky Sports activities (1 Might).
“Antonio not being there means they appear to be they’re enjoying off the cuff after they’re going ahead.
“They’re not fairly certain the place the following move goes and what the very best move can be.”
Antonio has accomplished brilliantly within the circumstances however you may’t assist however surprise how a lot greater up the league the Hammers may very well be if that they had a dependable back-up or certainly competitor to the 32-year-old.
Many league video games sandwiched in between European ties this season gave seen Moyes should get experimental along with his ahead line, with the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko and Mentioned Benraham each enjoying out of place up-top because the Scot appeared to seek out a really perfect answer.
The primary half in opposition to Arsenal was one other instance of the place West Ham have been crying out for somebody with that striker’s intuition, enjoying properly however missing that final ultimate contact.
They have been punished late on within the opening 45 when Rob Holding nodded in from a nook and though Jarrod Bowen did handle to tug them degree, the general sample of the half felt like one other missed alternative because of a scarcity of squad depth.
In different West Ham information, Dean Saunders has advised a ahead that the club ought to look to herald in the course of the summer season.