Lanzini out of World Cup after suffering knee injury in training

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of the World Cup after rupturing his knee ligaments. The ACL injury was picked up in training, just six days before Argentina begin their World Cup campaign.

The 2018 World Cup would’ve been Lanzini’s first, and this injury also puts him in serious doubt for the start of the new Premier League season.

Argentina have not announced a replacement yet- there doesn’t appear to be a like-for-like replacement in Sampaoli’s 23. Mauro Icardi’s name will always get taken, but the Inter striker doesn’t play the same role as Lanzini and is unlikely to be called up [Read more…]

Umbro & West Ham unveil 2018-19 season shirts

West Ham have become the second Umbro outfitted Premier League club to reveal their new shirts for the 18/19 season. Everton were the first to do so last month and the Hammers have followed suit now, shortly after announcing Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss. While the Toffees only chose to unveil their new home kit, West Ham have gone one step ahead and revealed both home and away kits for the new season.

While there’s been some mixed feedback from fans regarding the lack of blue on the sleeves, we think the home one is a pretty good effort from Umbro! The away though feels like a bit of a let down. Were yellow socks the best idea? Should it have been “dark teal” all through? [Read more…]

Lanzini one of six Premier League based players in Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentine squad

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini is one of six Premier League based players in Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli’s final 23 member squad. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly for some), there is no space for in form Inter striker Maurio Icardi (nor for Icardi’s soon to be teammate Lautaro Martinez), with Sampaoli chosing to go with Messi, Higuain, Dybala and Aguero upfront. [Read more…]

International Round up- Lanzini, Arnautovic score, Rice MOTM for Ireland

There was some good news for West Ham fans in the first set of matches during the March international break. Star playmaker Manuel Lanzini made his first start for Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in a friendly against Italy and scored an absolute screamer to help Sampaoli’s men beat the 2006 World Cup winners. His goal came shortly after Ever Banega had finished off a team move to put Argentina 1-0 ahead.

Marko Arnautovic netted twice as Austria beat Slovenia in a friendly.

Versatile midfielder Declan Rice was named Man of the Match in the Republic of Ireland’s game against Turkey, despite them ending on the losing side thanks to Mehmet Topal’s second half strike.

Lanzini is however expected to be a doubt for Argentina’s next game after picking up a knock in the fixture against the Azzurri. [Read more…]

Comparison Stats- Marko Arnautovic under Moyes vs Arnautovic under Bilic

Marko Arnautovic has been a changed man since David Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic at the London Stadium, and the Austrian continued his fine form with a goal and assists for Manuel Lanzini in West Ham’s 4-1 win over Huddersfield. Arnautovic’s performance in that game prompted Football.London to give him a 10/10 rating– the first one they’ve given to any West Ham player in the current campaign.

Under Slaven Bilic, Arnautovic looked like an early candidate for “Flop signing of the summer”, and this infographic shows the dramatic change in the performances of him and Manuel Lanzini since Moyes arrived. He even earned a nomination for the December player of the month (the award eventually went to Harry Kane)

While we’ve known that the duo have improved, to see it in terms of numbers is quite an eye-opener, literally speaking.

Can a change of manager influence things that much? Looking at these stats, definitely yes! [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- Huddersfield v West Ham (2018)

West Ham secured three crucial points against Huddersfield away on Saturday to continue their resurgence under David Moyes. Not surprisingly much of the praise was reserved for the attacking duo of Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic, who scored three of the Hammers’ four goals between them.

Austrian forward Arnautovic even bagged the first 10/10 rating by a West Ham player this season [Read more…]