Alan Shearer sends Stan Kroenke clear Arsenal transfer message as Mikel Arteta feelings clear

Arsenal missed out on the chance to return to the top of the Premier League after they were defeated by West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening

Arsenal recorded their third loss in the Premier League this season on Thursday night as West Ham came away from Emirates Stadium with all three points. Goals from Tomas Soucek and Konstantinos Mavropanos either side of half-time secured a 2-0 win for the Hammers.

The Gunners did have a number of chances to score, however. Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka all came close for the home side but all three lacked the clinical edge Arsenal needed.

“This is football,” Mikel Arteta said after the game. “Then you look at how much we generated in the game, to see the result is very disappointing. But they were better than us in both boxes.

They had two shots, – with the penalty three. We had 30, I don’t know how many touches in the box, how many situations, how many opportunities to score and we haven’t done it. In football you have to do that better if you want to win. Today we haven’t won because of that.”

Asked if the chances being missed is an issue among the forwards, Arteta said: “It’s what it is. We have to try to generate. If we don’t score with 30 shots, then we have to do 50 or 60 to try to score.

“That’s the only thing. I can’t imagine a game where we have more touches in the box, more dominance and less situations for the opponent against a really good West Ham side. Today, though, it wasn’t enough to win the game.”

Predictably, as a result of Arsenal being wasteful in front of goal, talk has turned to the Gunners potentially signing a frontman in January or even the summer. Ivan Toney, Victor Osimhen, Ollie Watkins and Dusan Vlahovic are among the names linked with a move to north London, but it remains to be seen whether owner Stan Kroenke will give Edu the funds to sign another big name after a busy summer window a few months ago.

Alan Shearer believes the Gunners do need to sign a clinical striker, though. Speaking on Amazon Prime Video the Newcastle legend said: “Well, they do. He (Arteta) is not going to tell you that in the interview, but the numbers tell you that 10 goals from his forwards in total this season is not good enough, and three goals for his centre-forward is not good enough either. He (Jesus) missed two big chances this evening and we said it before the game, he gives a lot to the Arsenal team, but the one thing he doesn’t bring is a lot of goals, and unfortunately that has cost Arsenal this evening.”

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