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Many involved with West Ham United will have been feeling frustrated by the club’s 3-1 loss against Arsenal on Thursday night.
Having been a goal up thanks to Angelo Ogbonna’s first-half header, an eight-minute capitulation allowed the Gunners to get three on the board, with clinical finishes from Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Watching the game, from the moment that third goal went in, it felt very difficult to see West Ham getting back on level terms, as they looked as though they’d had the stuffing knocked out of them.
When Manuel Pellegrini arrived for his post-match interview after the game, he looked pretty similar.
The Chilean had managed to keep his composure for the majority of the conversation until he was asked: “Will you be given the time to fix it?”
As shown on Sky Sports Main Event ( 09/12/2019 at 22:28), he replied: “That does not depend on me. I don’t think anything because that does not depend on me.”
It wasn’t exactly what he said that uncovered the strains he was feeling, but the way that he said it, as he verged on getting snappy with the interviewer.
Did he really play for us?! No West Ham fan has managed to name all of these obscure Irons signings….
The Chilean then stared him in the face before walking off while the cameras were still rolling as if he couldn’t wait to get away from them – the awkward look on the faces of those back in the studio summed it up perfectly.
ExWHUemployee has suggested that Pellegrini only has the Southampton game to save his job, and this sort of strain was put on show for all to see.
Following a game that finished with his team looking downtrodden, Pellegrini appeared to be a man reaching the end of his tether.