Player news ahead of Albion game- Arnautovic back, Noble & Lanzini to sit out

Marko Arnautovic is available for selection for this weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion after serving his three game ban (he was red carded against Southampton for elbowing Stephens, which many fans regard as a reason for them losing that fixture to Saints).

However Bilic also revealed that Mark Noble’s knee has not fully healed and the Albion game will come too soon for him, with Bolton looking like a more achievable return target for the veteran midfielder. [Read more…]

Manchester United 4-0 West Ham- Analysis, Match Report and Thoughts

This was always going to be a tough start to the new Premier League season. The second season in Jose Mourinho’s tenure in his managerial stints so far has always been good for the Portuguese gaffer, and with the Red Devils’ attack spearheaded by a striker who loves to score against West Ham for fun, it perhaps came as no surprise that the visitors ended on the wrong side of a 4-0 scoreline.

West Ham sorely missed the creativity of Manuel Lanzini in attack and the pace of Michail Antonio. United were too good for them, especially in the centre of the park, where the trio of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and new signing Nemanja Matic outclassed Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes.

United dominated the early stages of the game and Mata had two good chances to put them ahead, but the Spaniard failed to make the most of both chances. West Ham held out for half an hour, but the goal came, and it was new signing Matic who was at the heart of it. The Serbian dispossessed Pedro Obiang in midfield and United launched a blistering counter attack in midfield through the speedy Marcus Rashford. Not content with having initiated the move, Matic also ran a clever support line that kept Winston Reid in suspense, and it was enough to give Romelu Lukaku space to score on his OT debut. [Read more…]

Hammers complete Arnautovic signing

West Ham have officially completed the signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City, with the Austrian international becoming the Irons’ record signing as Slaven Bilic seeks to bolster his side ahead of the new Premier League season.

The 28 year old has moved for a fee of £20m, with a further £5m potentially payable in addons to the Potters, taking the total value of the deal to £25m.

Stoke signed Arnautovic four years ago from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for just £2.3m.

Here are some quotes from Marko while putting pen to paper a five year contract [Read more…]

Even More Forwards Linked

Another day and another batch of forward players are being linked with a move to West Ham United to ply their trade at the magical Boleyn Ground.

In the last few weeks I have lost count in the strikers West Ham were on the verge of signing, with deals having apparently been lined up for Bony, Lukaku, Remy, Kalou, Ba and Colombian Duvan Zapata, all of which have failed to materialize and these are just the players I can remember off the top of my head. [Read more…]