Arsenal v West Ham predictions- What do the pundits say?

It’s a clash between two teams with high profile new managers, who are both looking for their first points of the new Premier League season after suffering defeats in their opening two games of the 2018/19 campaign.

Will Unai Emery get his first league win as Arsenal manager? Or will Manuel Pellegrini get the better of his opposite number at the Emirates? Here is a look at what pundits predict for this Matchweek 3 fixture.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro says that West Ham were “hopeless defensively” in their games against Liverpool and Bournemouth, and has predicted a 2-0 win for Arsenal. [Read more…]

West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth 2018 Review & Analysis- 150th league win as Bournemouth manager for Eddie Howe

Few would’ve expected West Ham to beat Liverpool at Anfield on the opening weekend, but this was definitely seen as a winnable fixture when the lists were announced. It was against Bournemouth (who had strung together only 4 away league wins last season), was their first of the 18/19 at the London Stadium under Manuel Pellegrini (who had registered 5-1 and 4-0 wins over the Cherries when he was manager of Man City)

Unfortunately, it all went pear shaped for the Hammers in the second half, with the Cherries completing a stunning come from behind victory to give manager Eddie Howe his 150th league win in charge of the club.

Pellegrini seemed to have sent a stern message with Ryan Fredericks, Declan Rice and Michail Antonio, all of whom could’ve been said to have performed poorly against Liverpool, axed from the match day squad. In came Pablo Zabaleta, Robert Snodgrass and Javier Hernandez, with Pellegrini opting for an effective 4-4-2 formation. [Read more…]

Video Analysis Example Declan Rice defending vs Liverpool 2018 | Trent Alexander-Arnold passing

Manuel Pellegrini gave young Declan Rice a start in the Hammers’ opening game of the season against Liverpool. The youngster is obviously talented, but found the going tough, and was substituted at half time. Here is an example where Liverpool’s tactics see Rice being pulled out of position- all due to Firmino’s work, and Trent Alexander Arnold unleashing a long pass to the free Naby Keita which eventually sees the Reds score the opening goal of the game [Read more…]

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham 2018- Hammers put to the sword at Anfield

If Manuel Pellegrini needed an idea of the enormous task that lies in front of him as he seeks to rebuild this club, he got it on the opening day of the season at Anfield. There was a mild air of optimism among the travelling fans, with the Hammers among the top five spenders domestically in this transfer market. Five of the ten signings made by Pellegrini this summer- Lukasz Fabianski in goal, Ryan Fredericks at right back, Fabian Balbuena at CB, Jack Wilshere in the centre of the park and club record signing Felipe Anderson on the left side of midfield, were given their league debuts for the club in this game.

West Ham effectively lined up in a 4-2-3-1 position, with Arthur Masuaku at LB, Declan Rice and skipper Mark Noble sitting deeper in midfield and Marko Arnautovic on his own upfront. Liverpool were in a 4-3-3, with the trio of Naby Keita, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner in midfield behind their attacking triumvirate of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. [Read more…]

Hammers sign Andriy Yarmolenko

The signings continue to come in at the London Stadium! After Jack Wilshere, the Hammers have now completed the signing of Andriy Yarmolenko. The Ukrainian international moves from German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and has signed a four year deal with the club. The transfer fee was not revealed, but is rumoured to be somewhere around the 17-18 million pound mark.

Yarmolenko is Ukraine’s second highest scorer of all time (35 goals in 77 games), only behind the legendary Andriy Shevchenko.

Yarmolenko announced on his social media page that the life of the footballer “had thrown him another challenge” which he had “decided to accept” [Read more…]

Wilshere to West Ham | Hammers confirm 4th signing under Pellegrini

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of midfielder Jack Wilshere on a free transfer. The 26 year old, who supported the Hammers as a boy, was a free agent after leaving Arsenal at the end of the 2017/18 season. Wilshere, who was with the Gunners for 17 years, was told by new manager Unai Emery that he did not feature prominently in the latter’s plans for the upcoming season.

Wilshere was linked with a switch to Fenerbahce (apparently a deal that offered more money), but a late intervention from new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, plus the chance to continue staying in London, saw the deal swing the Hammers’ way.

What is the length of Wilshere’s West Ham contract?

He has signed a three year contract till the end of the 2020/21 season [Read more…]

West Ham players at World Cup- Hernandez out in Round of 16

It’s been a somewhat disappointing World Cup for West Ham’s stars. Hopes were high that Manuel Lanzini and Argentina could go far in the tournament, but the playmaker suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of the tournament.

That effectively left three West Ham players at the WC- Mexico’s Javier Hernandez, Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Portugal’s Joao Mario [Read more…]

WC update- Hernandez’s Mexico stun defending champions Germany

West Ham striker Javier Hernandez played the full 90 as his Mexican side stunned reigning champions Germany in Moscow. It was the first time that Germany had lost an opening game in the defence of their World title, with Hirving Lozano’s 35th minute strike sinking Die Mannschaft.

Chicharito was in tears at the end of the game- this was a massive win for Mexico’s Ro16 hopes (Sweden and Korea are the other two teams in their group). [Read more…]

Hammers to begin season with trip to Anfield

Manuel Pellegrini’s first league game as West Ham manager will see his side make the trip north to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Hammers have a home fixture against Bournemouth sandwiched between two tough games away at Liverpool and Arsenal respectively.

While that’s most definitely a tough start to the season, the festive period seems to have given a decent round of fixtures- Newcastle, Cardiff, Palace, Fulham, Watford, Southampton and Burnley, all of whom are definitely beatable on paper. [Read more…]