No Arnie, No Party- Five talking points from Bournemouth v West Ham

West Ham fell to a disappointing defeat at the Vitality Stadium as Bournemouth completed a league double over them with a 2-0 win earlier today. Both goals came in the second half, one a fantastic volley from the boot of Callum Wilson and other in stoppage time from Joshua King.

Let’s take a look at our talking points from this game.

No Arnie, No Party: It’s obvious that West Ham are a better side with Marko Arnautovic in the starting XI. However the striker’s head appears to have been turned by an offer from China, and he wasn’t even in the squad for today’s fixture.

The likes of Felipe Anderson and Samir Nasri had some good attacking moments, and those might have amounted to more, if the Hammers had Arnautovic in the final third of the pitch instead of Andy Carroll.

A new striker will be required in January if Arnautovic is sold

The difference in class between the Austrian and Carroll/Hernandez/Perez/Antonio is frightening. If West Ham let him go, they NEED to find another striker, or this season will end poorly.

Bournemouth had the third worst defence in the league and gave goalkeeper Arthur Boruc (well known for his eccentricity) his first start in 20 months here, but it took nearly 80 minutes for the Hammers to register their first shot on target, and that too a tame one from outside the box from Hernandez.

Dreadful Carroll: Carroll’s second half miss from point blank range will obviously hog all the headlines, and this was a poor game from a striker who is attempting to earn a new club contract.

There’s a particular style of game that West Ham must play to get Carroll into the game, and passing it around the box is not that unfortunately. Starting Snodgrass might have helped Carroll here, but on evidence of what we’ve seen so far this season, the lanky striker might not have a future at the club beyond this summer.

Poor against mid table teams again

Watford and Brighton at home, Huddersfield, Burnley and now Bournemouth away- These are not exactly the games in which you’d expect an in-form side to drop points. However West Ham have a habit of playing to the level of their opposition and struggle to impose themselves in seemingly “easy” games like these. They’ve picked up only 2 from a possible 15 in these five fixtures. More consistency would certainly see Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the race for a Europa spot.

West Ham fail to score against Bournemouth for the first time in a Premier League game

West Ham had always managed to find the back of the net in their seven previous Premier League games against Bournemouth. Today, despite stringing together 568 passes and having over 60% of the ball, they failed to score against Eddie Howe’s men.


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