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…]

Post Match Thoughts Carabao Cup Quarterfinal- Cresswell at right back, Hammers bow out

This wasn’t a very high quality game, and so we feel, doesn’t warrant as long a review as we normally do. The bottom line though- West Ham are out at the quarterfinal stage of the League Cup for the second season running, with Arsenal edging them 1-0 at the Emirates to book a semifinal clash against Chelsea. Perhaps an opportunity missed for the visitors one could say- Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made 11 changes to his side, with one eye clearly on Friday’s league clash against Liverpool. [Read more…]

Post Match Analysis, Thoughts & Match Report- West Ham v Arsenal 2017

If you’d told West Ham fans before these three games that they’d come to within seven minutes of beating Man City at the Etihad, see off defending champions Chelsea and hold Arsenal to a goalless stalemate, they’d have bitten your hands off. As it is, things look far brighter for the Hammers after a draw against Arsenal, while for the Gunners, it looks set to be another disappointing league season.

David Moyes opted to keep faith with the same side that had done the business against Chelsea. James Collins returned to the bench after an injury layoff, but Moyes persisted with the troika of Reid, Ogbonna and Cresswell that had fared very well as a partnership against Antonio Conte’s side. [Read more…]

Hammers to play Arsenal in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup

West Ham’s reward for upsetting Spurs at Wembley is an away game at Arsenal after the Hammers were drawn against the Gunners in the last eight of the Carabao Cup.

The draw, supposed to be streamed live from Twitter UK’s headquarters, was delayed for nearly two hours, and eventually presented in the form of a pre-recorded video. The Premier League’s big four, surprise surprise, don’t meet each other in the last eight!

West Ham also reached the quarterfinals of the tournament last season, but lost 4-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic starring for the Red Devils [Read more…]

Slaven Bilic post-match interview after Arsenal- Team lacks intensity even in training

Has Slaven lost the dressing room? Is he not pushing the players hard enough? Or are the players no longer willing to work hard for him?

Judging by his post-match interview after the 5-1 loss to Arsenal, it looks like the latter, with the Croat bemoaning the “lack of intensity” even in training.

Slav looks like a man who knows the axe is coming. Bit sad to watch this interview, but it’s an illuminating one all the same. Mirrors the comments Enner Valencia made after joining Everton, saying that West Ham didn’t train as hard as the Toffees.

Is this a last ditch gamble to rally the players up by publicly criticising them for their lack of intensity? [Read more…]

Allardyce on Arsenal

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says Arsenal have nobody to blame but themselves for their disappointing season.

The Hammers’ head to The Emirates tonight to take on an Arsenal team that has been suspect at the back all season with a real mixture of good and bad results. [Read more…]