Slaven Bilic has revealed an unhappy Arsene Wenger admitted West Ham United were the better side at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, according to his column in the London Evening Standard.
Indeed, the Arsenal boss's post-match comments after West Ham left north London with a 2-0 win at the weekend focused largely on his side's lethargy and mediocre performance.
Wenger refused to single Petr Cech out for blame and acknowledged his Arsenal side were well below par in all areas.
However, when speaking to Bilic in his office after the defeat, the Frenchman admitted to the Hammers boss that the east London side deserved their victory, with the Gunners faithful themselves applauded the West Ham squad off the pitch.
He told the Standard: "Our fans were great, of course, but the proof that we had deserved our win were the home supporters. Our players said some of them applauded them off at the end, which confirms that we had done it in style.
"I spoke with Arsene Wenger afterwards in his office. Of course, Arsene was not happy with the result but he did say we deserved it."
Next up for West Ham is a Premier League clash with Leicester City, where Bilic will have to deal with things a little differently than he did against Arsenal. At the Emirates, the Hammers were the defensive underdogs - against Leicester, however, Bilic's men will likely have to take the game to the Foxes at Upton Park.