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Declan Rice has sent an angry message to his West Ham teammates after suffering Arsenal loss.
Last night’s defeat made the Irons drop out of the top 4 for the first time since October.
In his post-match speech, the Hammers’ captain made assessment about the Wednesday clash.
“Not good enough tonight,” said Rice.
“Nowhere near the level that’s required to be a top-four team.
“You can’t come to a place like Arsenal and let them impose the game on you like we did tonight.
“We just made bad decisions across the pitch, really. Giving the ball away cheaply, taking too many touches, not putting the ball in the box, [being] soft, not making tactical fouls. Just all round, a night off it.”
The 22-year-old claimed that the referee was “against them all night”.
“We had a little spell in the first half where we were getting in down the sides of them,” he said.
“What we’ve been lacking recently is putting crosses in the box and then actually putting the ball in the back of the net and again tonight it showed.
“Second half they scored a great goal from Martinelli and [from] Smith Rowe, and obviously we didn’t have the cutting edge to score or bring one back.”