West Ham United fans have slammed Mark Noble for the way he performed against Arsenal.
The 32-year-old was replaced by January signing Tomas Soucek, with the Hammers 1-0 down following Alexandre Lacazette’s opening goal, but while he was still on the pitch, he didn’t do enough to convince.
The Hammers were downed 1-0 by the Gunners as VAR came to the home side’s rescue to allow a strike that had initially been ruled out for offside.
The Irons are still right in the thick of a relegation battle but it appears as though they may struggle to get out of that situation if the veteran continues to play in the middle of the park – drawing rich criticism.
Great shift? The guy is a West Ham legend but don’t be naive
— Cody Harrison (@codyjharrison9) March 7, 2020
He gave it away so much today and too slow to track
— WestHamFanTone (@WestHamFanTone) March 7, 2020
Such a shame losing today – poor in game management has cost us. Noble has been a passenger the whole game
— Richard Knott (@RichardKnott2) March 7, 2020
Noble non existent again and Antonio having a mare!
— Matthew Edge-Wilkins (@mattedgewilkins) March 7, 2020
Noble had 33 touches throughout the game in central midfield but struggled to properly impact the game.
Per WhoScored, he did not complete a dribble, nor did he win a tackle, while he took four corners with a 25% accuracy. Consequently, one fan said he was the worst on the entire pitch.
He was the worst player on the pitch again
— Juho⚒️ (@AlmostaTrueFan) March 7, 2020
One fan thought that January arrival Soucek had to start ahead of him. The Czech had been out with an injury but one would assume he’ll be fit in time for West Ham’s next outing.
Noble needs to stop playing. Soucek should be fully fit next week and MUST take his place. With that XI out, I have full confidence in us.
— West Ham News (@whufc_news) March 7, 2020
Noble was poor again dropped please
— paul smith (@pauleast84) March 7, 2020
Noble remains an integral member of West Ham’s squad, making 26 appearances in the Premier League thus far this season.
In that time, he has scored four goals and registered one assist, though he has not been involved in a goal since the January defeat to Leicester City.