David Moyes on VAR, Missed Chances & Michail Antonio After West Ham Lose at Arsenal

West Ham United manager David Moyes tiptoed around the topic of Video Assistant Referees after his side conceded a goal against Arsenal on Saturday which was initially ruled offside by the on-pitch officials, before being overturned after several minutes of consultation.

His side dominated the match from the first whistle and missed a host of chances, with Michail Antonio in particular spurning some golden opportunities. Despite his profligacy, Moyes was quick to praise the 29-year-old for his all-round performance after a bitter defeat which keeps them in a relegation battle.

Moyes on VAR

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Concerning the offside decision in the build-up to ​Alexandre Lacazette's winner, Moyes said: "I've seen it a bit on the iPad at the time and I don't know what you want me to say.

"Someone makes a decision and it's supposed to be correct so I am really stuck for words now, I don't know what to say to give you a line on it at all.

"It's the one rule that everybody says is factual so some will agree with it, some wouldn't. It must be given as a goal because the people who factually look at these things say so but there is a good chance next year that won't be given as a goal because maybe we change the rules next year."

Moyes on Antonio

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"I think Mikey gives us so much, so many things and he has improved, his fitness levels are up, his game is up, he's improving but you're talking about the big games and the moments, when you get the chances at Arsenal you need to take them.

"Just like the defenders make sure they don't lose concentration at any time, I just felt like we messed up a good couple of chances to score. Mikey is doing well though."

Moyes on Missed Chances


On the topic of those squandered opportunities, Moyes made it very clear his view on the outcome, saying: "We didn't deserve to lose it.

"In recent weeks we have made individual mistakes defensively which has cost us in games, maybe a goalkeeping mistake or whatever. But today, the mistakes was not taking our chances when we had them, that would be the disappointment.

"Apart from that, I thought the players did a great job, really well. Made several chances but we couldn't convert them."

Source : 90min