​West Ham captain Mark Noble called Manuel Pellegrini's influence at the club into question - just hours before the club's 3-1 defeat against Arsenal.

The Irons actually took the lead thanks to Angelo Ogbonna's deflected header, but a nine-minute spell from Arsenal turned the game on its head with Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pépé and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting the goals.

It was a result which has seen West Ham fail to win 10 out of their last 11 games across all competitions, and just hours before kickoff, Noble appeared to question the impact that Pellegrini is having at London Stadium.


In his column for The Evening Standard on Monday, Noble said: "Our aim tonight has to be replicating that Chelsea performance against Arsenal, but not giving away soft goals from set-plays!

"That has been our Achilles heel in recent weeks and it is costing us dearly. Against Wolves, there was little or nothing in the game until, once again, we conceded a goal from a set-play. I’ve talked about this problem so many times I’m beginning to sound like a broken record.

"I’m struggling to work out exactly why we keep giving away set-piece goals, since we work on them constantly in training.

"I don’t mark anyone at set-plays because others do it better, but for me it’s a bit of pride. It’s a case of, 'My man, the player I’m marking, is not going to score'. I would be thinking, 'He’s going to have to either foul me or do something really spectacular to get the better of me'.

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"That doesn’t seem to be the case at the minute - it’s just too easy for the opposition. Tonight, we need to set out our stall, so that any team playing us, especially at the London Stadium, will think, 'I don’t really fancy playing this lot tonight'."

West Ham's recent run of results has seen them drop to within one point of the relegation zone, with a trip to face fellow strugglers Southampton up next for Pellegrini's side.

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