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Mikel Arteta was livid with one Arsenal player in the first-half against West Ham

Mikel Arteta was furious with one Arsenal player during the first-half against West Ham on Thursday.

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Arsenal failed to win for the second Premier League game in a row at the Emirates Stadium last night. Mikel Arteta’s side fell to a 2-0 defeat against West Ham which prevented them from returning back to the top of the Premier League table heading into the New Year.

Arsenal went behind just before half-time when Tomas Soucek scored a controversial goal for the Hammers. VAR was unable to determine whether all of the ball was out of play before Jarrod Bowen found Soucek in the six-yard box.

Although the ball looked out, Mikel Arteta was particularly angry with the Arsenal defence after some lacklustre defending which lead to the goal. Oleksandr Zinchenko was the main talking point once again, as he was last weekend in the game at Anfield.

Zinchenko was poor in the draw with Liverpool, easily letting Mohamed Salah past him for the goal at Anfield and he wasn’t any better last night at the Emirates Stadium against West Ham.

READ MORE: Arsenal sets a new Premier League record in defeat to West Ham.

Journalist James Benge, noticed that Mikel Arteta was livid with the left-back after one particular pass to a teammate in the first-half. The Arsenal manager was seen shouting at the Ukrainian, instructing him to play the ball forward instead of back to Gabriel.

With Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jurrien Timber both currently injured, Zinchenko is the Gunners’ only option at left-back until January. There’s no doubt he’d probably be given a break, considering his poor form, if Mikel Arteta had other options to choose from.

Zinchenko is the best at playing the inverted left-back role which Mikel Arteta wants him to play, however defensively he lacks a lot which we’ve seen over the past two games.

The Ukrainian signed for Arsenal at the beginning of last season, alongside Gabriel Jesus, with the pair taking the club up a level to challenge for the Premier League title for the first time in years. However now there are questions marks over whether the pair are good enough to take Arsenal one step further and win the title this season.

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