West Ham must take positives from their 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at the weekend insists top scorer Marko Arnautovic.
The Hammers were level until the 82nd minute on Sunday afternoon, with Arnautovic’s strike having cancelled out Nacho Monreal’s opener, however a late collapse saw them ship three goals in the final ten minutes to hand the Gunners all three points.
Aaron Ramsey’s strike followed by a late Alexandre Lacazette brace sealed the win for the hosts, who moved four points clear of seventh placed Burnley in the league.
Arnautovic’s strike was his 10th of the season for the Hammers, and while the Austrian says it was disappointing end to the game, his side must take positives from the defeat.
He said: “There is big disappointment for us, of course – and we have to keep going for the season – but we could have drawn this game, and in the end there were mistakes. We know we should clear the second goal.
“I think every player makes a mistake though, and Declan [Rice] is still young and we have to come back from this.
“And we must talk about this game in training and manage it together. We can take many positives from the game until 80 minutes but then it was disappointing.”
David Moyes’ side have only four Premier League games left before the end of the season, and remain in danger of being dragged into the top flight’s relegation spots if results don’t go their way in the coming weeks.
And it’s set to be a tough end to the season. First up are champions Manchester City, followed by a trip to Leicester before finishing the season with back-to-back home games against Manchester United and Everton.
Arnautovic knows that a point at the weekend could have eased the pressure going into the season’s final stretch.
“Every point is important, so it would have been a good point today. We know we are still in there, but I can’t find any words after losing it at the end [today].”