It was a rude return home for West Ham United Saturday evening, as they were thrashed 5-1 by Arsenal.
Chilean sensation Alexis Sanchez tore apart the Hammers defending with a second half hat trick in 14 minutes, as manager Slaven Bilic will have some deep questions to answer after a home performance that sends his side back into the depths of the relegation zone discussion.
There were early signs that matchday 14 would not turn out well for Bilic, as he had to replace centerback James Collins after just six minutes for the fading force that is Alvaro Arbeloa.
Arsenal would waste no time exploiting the out of form Arbeloa, with Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain running past him constantly in the first half. However, the Gunners’ first goal came in the 24th minute off another West Ham defender’s shoddy play, when Angelo Ogbonna’s horrid pass lead to Sanchez finding Mesut Ozil to finish past Darren Randolph.
Arsenal would add two more goals to their 1-0 lead with Sanchez capitalizing off more poor defending by Ogbonna with tallies in the 72nd and 80th minute.
There was a glimmer of light for West Ham, as Andy Carroll announced his return to the team with a rebound headed goal off a great free kick from Dimitri Payet to make it 3-1 in the 83rd minute. But Oxlade-Chamberlain would add a spectacular fourth goal for the visitors in the 84’, only for Sanchez to round off his banner day with a cheeky chip third goal over Randolph despite being offsides.
The Hammers will see a close to their brutal month schedule, when they face Liverpool next Sunday at Anfield. And they will hope dearly that it is a total opposite from the display they had in this London Derby.