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West Ham manager David Moyes dismisses Arsenal’s title chances despite boxing day win

Moyes dismisses Arsenal's title chances
West Ham boss David Moyes has written-off Arsenal's title-winning chances despite maintaining their lead at the top with a 3 - 1 win the Hammers.

West Ham took the lead in the first half through a Said Benrahma penalty kick and finished the first-half in the driving seat. However, a spirited display by the Gunners in the second-half saw them score thrice through Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah.

With the win over the Hammers, Arsenal went seven points clear of Manchester City at the top of the league.

David Moyes still believes Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are favourites to win the Premier League. In fact, he boldly claimed Liverpool – who are 15 points behind the Gunners, have a better chance than the Gunners because of their recent experience in winning the league.

When asked if Mikel Arteta would be a title-winning manager, he said:

’I think Mikel might go on to be one. Do I think they’re going to win it this year? I’m not sure.

‘I think you’d be remiss if you don’t think of Man City. You’d be doing them down.

‘They’ve got a fantastic team and there’ll be other teams that are a bit more used to being around the top, maybe a Liverpool later on.

‘Not to say that Mikel isn’t building a side capable [of winning the title] but I think he’ll know that Man City will be the ones.

‘They’ll come here and they’ll keep the ball off Arsenal. Arsenal kept the ball off us tonight, Man City will come here and keep the ball off Arsenal and it’ll become a different type of game for them.’

Speaking on his side’s performance on the night, Moyes said:

‘We knew that they would get up on top of us. We wanted to try and get behind Arsenal, we did do.

‘We got in behind three or four times, one of sort of leads to a penalty kick. We did okay but we found it difficult to get any sort of build in our play and that was because of Arsenal having lots of build and a lot of the ball.

‘But, at least first half you can put up with it because you get a goal from it, you get something from it. You can see that they are working really hard.

‘A couple of decisions went for us. It did hit Cressy’s head, it didn’t hit his hand at all. We’re probably disappointed that it was even flagged up as a penalty kick to be honest. Just a couple of things changed in the second half and it changed the momentum slightly. That wasn’t the reason we lost but it didn’t help, that’s for sure.’

West Ham host Brentford on Friday while Arsenal are away at Brighton a day after.

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