West Ham put in an absolutely terrible performance at the London Stadium as Arsenal tore them apart to emphatically take all three points in a thumping 5-1 win.
A devastating performance from Alexis Sanchez, who scored a hat-trick and assisted the first goal along with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil sent a statement out to the rest of the Premier League on Saturday evening.
For West Ham, on the other hand, they have not won in the Premier League since the 22nd October when they stumbled over the line against Sunderland at the London Stadium. Slaven Bilic has been under increasing pressure in the last few weeks as his West Ham side move ever closer to the drop zone.
It was a terrible defensive performance from the West Ham defence, conceding five goals, and West Ham fans were very critical of centre-back Angelo Ogbonna in the crushing defeat.
Although he won 100% of his aerial duels, the centre-back wasn’t up against one of the tallest players in the world in Alexis Sanchez. Ogbonna made five clearances and just one block in the 5-1 defeat, and here is how West Ham fans reacted to his performance.
Ogbonna is so average can’t believe there was people saying he’s our best defender over Reid
— Bailey (@Bailey1895) 4 December 2016
Ogbonna had a shocker yesterday :/
— GameRiot (@GameRiotArmy) 4 December 2016
Ogbonna would struggle in the Championship ?⚽ #MOTD
— Paul Register (@Bloke_of_Steel) 4 December 2016
Ogbonna is the worst CB in the league
— kieran (@Kieranoffthewal) 3 December 2016
Honestly don’t think I’d have looked out of place today playing with Ogbonna,Arbeloa and Masuaku
— ⚒ AL ⚒ (@6_AaronLee) 3 December 2016
To be fair, Ogbonna has been amazing at the mannequin challenge this week ? ⚒
— Scott Fautley (@IAmScottFautley) 3 December 2016
Ogbonna had an absolutely horrible game, he was to blame for every goal that went in.
— Vaneet (@_DeadT0Me_) 3 December 2016
It has been well-documented that West Ham have not offered enough going forward and that their strikers have not performed, but if the Hammers are to make a charge up the table, then their defensive record will have to improve after conceding five in midweek, three against Spurs, and another five here.
If West Ham are to move up the table, they will need to perform better in the big games. Their 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford last week was a step in the right direction. However, when competing against the big teams, as a centre-back, you need to keep the main man quiet. Ogbonna did very little to try and nullify the effect of Alexis Sanchez, and this is something that must change for the centre-back if West Ham are to compete with the big boys.