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Hazard stars as Chelsea go 3rd

Eden Hazard’s spectacular double acquired Chelsea a 2- 0 win over West Ham on Monday and moved Maurizio Sarri’s men up to 3rd in the EPL League.

Experiences continue on to connection Hazard with a summer time shift to Real Madrid with the Belgian refusing to increase his agreement at Stamford Bridge beyond 2020.

And he underlined at the time extra how a great deal Chelsea will miss out on their number 10 should really he depart for the Spanish money with a dazzling display screen, capped by a sensational solo goal to open up the scoring.

Hazard gathered the ball just inside of the West Ham half, but strode forward jinking earlier three defenders just before coolly slotting earlier Lukasz Fabianski right after 24 minutes.The hosts and Hazard had to wait right until stoppage time to safe the a few points as this time he managed inside the box and fired into the far corner for his 19th goal of the season.

Victory moves Chelsea two points clear of Tottenham and three ahead of fifth-positioned Arsenal in the race for a best-four end, but the two their London rivals and Manchester United — five points back in sixth — now have a game in hand on Sarri’s men.

In contrast to Hazard’s type, Gonzalo Higuain has managed just 3 goals since signing up for Chelsea on loan in January, all against already relegated opposition in Huddersfield and Fulham.

The Argentine stated his wish right before kick-off to make his transfer long-lasting really should Chelsea properly attraction a just one-12 months transfer ban imposed by FIFA, but he experienced a different evening to forget about in front of goal.

Soon right after opening the scoring, a amazing looping Hazard pass picked out Higuain inside of the area but a mix of Fabianski and the post denied him a considerably-required goal from a slender angle.

Marko Arnautovic was then privileged to stay away from conceding a spot kick for barging into Hazard, but that appeared the Hammers’ only way of stopping the Belgian skipper.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was handed just his second EPL League start and the teenage England global was only denied his very first prime-flight goal by a flying save from Fabianski to idea his growing drive above.

Higuain’s deficiency of assurance was in evidence as he passed up the probability to head home N’Golo Kante’s cross and as an alternative saw his shot deflected behind following having a contact to handle on his upper body.

Hazard on the other hand was demanding the ball at each individual option and was to start with to threaten all over again soon after the split with a shot that flashed across the West Ham goal.

Even so, owning unsuccessful to muster a solitary attack of take note before the crack, the visitors sparked into daily life in the next half and could have made Chelsea pay for their failure to destroy the game off.

Arnautovic’s intelligent cut-again picked out the unmarked Manuel Lanzini at the edge of the box, but his shot was way too close to Kepa Arrizabalaga just before Aaron Cresswell then arrowed a shot inches large of the far post.

The the vast majority of the probabilities ongoing to arrive at the other close, while, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek lifted his work into the grateful arms of Fabianski with just the Polish goalie to conquer.

Ross Barkley then just unsuccessful to access a harmful Hudson-Odoi cross and Fabianski denied substitute Olivier Giroud as Sarri grew significantly annoyed on the sidelines.

The Italian was finally capable to rest in stoppage time when Hazard was provided acres of area to command Barkley’s move and manufactured the end to match his efficiency. 

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Hammers ensure Yarmolenko blow

West Ham player Andriy Yarmolenko to be out for somewhere around 6 months just after he underwent surgical treatment on an
Achilles injury on Monday.

The off-season signing from Borussia Dortmund suffered the blow in
the London derby defeat to Tottenham at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Yarmolenko was carried off on a stretcher in the 40th minute just after
appearing to get his studs caught in the turf and he appeared in some
discomfort although receiving medical treatment inside of the opposition
penalty area.

The 28-year-old winger, who has scored two goals in nine Leading
League appearances for the Hammers, could return to motion right before the
finish of the season if all goes perfectly with his restoration.

“West Ham United can ensure that Andriy Yarmolenko has been through
prosperous surgical treatment to repair service a damaged Achilles tendon,” a assertion
from the east London club go through.

“The Ukraine intercontinental sustained the harm throughout Saturday’s 1-
defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium. He had an operation
on Monday early morning and is envisioned to be sidelined for around 6
months.”

Irons head of medical services Richard Collinge included: “Andriy’s
operation went perfectly and we will now do the job challenging to help him all over
the rehabilitation process.

“His restoration will be planned very very carefully and we have each and every
assurance that he will return to full fitness in the scheduled
timeframe.”

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Pellegrini: Diangana has good probability

West Ham United manager Manuel
Pellegrini
has backed Grady Diangana to improve soon after the youngster
bagged a brace against Macclesfield on Wednesday.

The Irons hammered The Silkmen 8- in their Carabao Cup 3rd-round
clash at London Stadium. Robert Snodgrass also netted a double, whilst
Michail Antonio, Lucas Perez, Ryan Fredericks and Angelo Ogbonna all
scored.

Pellegrini picked out Diangana for distinctive praise soon after the game. The
20-year-old winger was producing his competitive debut for West Ham and
amazed Pellegrini with his efficiency.

“I’m pleased for him simply because the only matter I need from youthful
players is when they get the possibility to consider the possibility. He did
seriously well,” he informed the press soon after the game.

“A single of the factors I requested the club is to carry the U23s to the exact
schooling floor we use. Very last month we begun to do that so it truly is effortless
for me to see their efficiency.

“He’s a youthful player and he will have to improve on a lot of factors to be a
prime player, but he is performing challenging and performing well and if he proceeds
with the identity he showed today I feel he will improve a lot.”

On the game alone, the Chilean tactician extra: “It’s under no circumstances effortless to
find place when you have eight or 9 players in front of you but we
ended up patient.

“It was a good win simply because we will have to show the change amongst a team
in the Premier League and a team in League Two – but you do not usually
do it. Which is why I’m joyful for the players.”

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West Ham United confirm Evra signing

Breaking: West Ham United confirm Evra signing

London side, West Ham United have confirmed the signing of former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra on a short-term deal.
The French left-back, who has become a free-agent since his indefinite suspension from Ligue 1 side, Olympique Marseille after kicking a fan of the club in a Europa League game.
After his club suspension, UEFA also banned the player from all European competitive games, however, he will be able to feature in the domestic league with his new club, West Ham.
The Club Manager, David Moyes worked with the experienced player at Old Trafford and his service will be highly invaluable for the hammers as they are short of options due to injuries to major players.
While speaking with the club official website after completing the signing, the veteran defender said: “I’m really happy to be a Hammer, to be back in the Premier League and I love this game.
“It’s amazing to be back and I am thankful to West Ham for giving me the opportunity to do my job.
“When I wake up and know I am going to work hard, to have fun with my team-mates and give my best on the pitch, I want to say a massive thanks to West Ham, to the chairman, to the manager to all my team-mates, who have given me a nice welcome, my agent and my brother.
“I’m just happy to be here, it’s really simple. You don’t realize how lucky you are and just to wake up this morning and know I am going to train with my new team-mates made me smile!”
The 36-year old who claimed five Premier League titles with United alongside two Scudetto with Juventus might be making his debut against Watford on Saturday.

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Moyes brush aside off-field occurrence in Brighton Loss

Moyes brush aside off-field occurrence in Brighton Loss

West Ham United Boss, David Moyes has stated that the internal occurrences within the London club are not a factor in their recent loss to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

The Hammers who has witnessed an upsurge in form since the appointment of the former Everton Manager suffered a shocking 3-1 defeat to Brighton last weekend and reports emanated that the recent sack of the club’s director of Player recruitment could have been responsible.

Tony Henry, who previously has eld the highly revered position in the club hierarchy was fired after claims that he was linked with racism. He was believed to have mentioned that the club will restrict the number of African players they bring into the squad as a result of their despicable attitude and poor orientation based on a report.

When the Manager was questioned about the influence of such reports on the squad, Moyes said: “It had no effect whatsoever. The club has done what they think they have to do and move on, and we have to. It’s always the manager’s job but I don’t think the events would have any serious influence.”

West Ham defender, Arthur Masuaku has been previously banned for six games after he was caught spitting on an opponent in the Hammer’s FA Cup loss to Wigan Athletic last week before the recent Henry sack. “Maybe that’s just West Ham, I don’t know,” Moyes added.

“In management, no day is ever dull. The job brings up some difficult situations and some strange ones.” The loss to Brighton left West Ham in 12th on 27 points with just three points above the relegation zone in a very tight bottom half of the table.

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Joao Mario, Perfect Signing for West Ham United – Noble

West Ham United Skipper, Mark Noble has stated that new signing, Joao Mario is the perfect man for West Ham United after the Portuguese midfielder dazzled in his impressive full Premier League debut in their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

The English veteran believes that their new buy will only get better under their Manager, David Moyes as he looks forward to an exciting partnership between Joao Mario, Marko Arnautovic, and Manuel Lanzini when the latter two returns from injury.

In his words: “To me, it seems Joao Mario isn’t going to be fazed by anything,” said the skipper. “You get the feeling when someone is quite relaxed and you could also see on Tuesday that he doesn’t mind putting his foot in and getting a bump.

“The Portuguese are normally quite tough and I think he’s going to suit our football well and on Tuesday we needed him.

“With Marko and Manu, they’re clever players and you could see the clever little pass he gave Chicharito for the penalty. The further we get him up the pitch, he’s going to score goals as well.”

As talisman, Arnautovic and Lanzini are still yet to recover from their injuries, Joao Mario and Captain, Mark Noble will be given the nod to continue in West Ham’s midfield when they visit Brighton this weekend.

Noble continued: “It’s important that we win on Saturday, but I think all the matches are important against the teams we have around us. We need to carry on the momentum we’ve got, keep the spirit of not losing games, because that’s really important, because if you don’t lose them then you’re going to keep picking up points.

“We need to keep picking up points, because the more you do that, the closer you’ll get to that 40-point mark and I’m sure the gaffer agrees that, having come in when we were really struggling, the main aim was to keep us in the Premier League.

“We are sitting in mid-table, but it’s only by four or five points, so we need to keep chipping away and picking up points and hopefully we can win a couple of games.

“I think it’ll probably be less than 40 points to stay up, with the way the league is this season, but we must 100 percent have won games by the end of the season, because we want to be away from that and looking forward.” He concluded.

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Cullen optimistic about Premier League chance

Academy graduate, Josh Cullen is confident that after his impressive FA Cup display against Shrewsbury Town, another Premier League chance won’t be far away.
The 21-year old midfielder who stood out in West Ham’s return leg win alongside fellow academy graduate, Reece Burke just returned from a loan at Bolton Wanderers. He has featured in the League for the Hammers only once in their outstanding victory over Liverpool at the start of 2015/16 season and he believes with the experience he has garnered from his loans periods at Bolton and Bradford City, he is set to feature in the League again.
“Pushing on in the Premier League is the aim,” he said. “It’s great to be back – I want to play for West Ham and going out on loan is about improving and developing to get that chance to play for West Ham.
“I’m delighted to get two appearances under my belt, two starts, and it’s great to have that faith shown in me. I want to push on from here.”
The FA Cup replay on Tuesday was Cullen’s first London Stadium outing since the official opening against Juventus, so he was excited about the chance to play and share the winning moment with his fellow Academy graduate Burke.
“It was good to be back out there,” he added. “It’s a great feeling to play in front of the West Ham fans. It was a tough game and credit to Shrewsbury for making it tough for us but we’re through and now we can push on to the next round.
“I’m buzzing for Burke to get the goal. It was one of them – he’s made a great contact with it, struck it nicely and it’s pinged off the bar one in,
“He’s got good technique, he’s not a head it and kick it center forward, and I’m delighted for him.”

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Westham welcomes back key player, Arnautovic after injury lay-off

With the English Premier League set to return this weekend after last weekend saw FA Cup actions, Westham is set to welcome back Marko Arnautovic for their game at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Arnautovic has been absent from the last two Hammers games due to a tight hamstring but according to reports from football.london, it is now certain that the forward will be available for selection after scans have revealed that he is fit again.

The club-record signing from Stoke City who has been in a superb form since new manager, David Moyes was appointed having notched five goals in his last seven appearances was unavailable for the Hammers goalless draw with Tottenham and last weekend’s FA Cup third round goalless draw with Shrewsbury Town.

His quality in front of goal was greatly missed in those goalless draws as Moyes complained bitterly of his players’ lack of quality. However, he is also coming back at a time when Westham will be battling it out with teams fighting to avoid relegation in a run of five games starting with Huddersfield to be followed by Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, and Watford, alongside a trip to Brighton.

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Westham players lacked Quality and Steel – Moyes

Westham Manager, David Moyes has stated that his players were deficient in “quality” and “steel” as they were forced to a 0-0 draw by League One side Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The former Manchester United Manager made four changes to the team that got a point from their game at Wembley with Tottenham on Monday but the matchday team was without desire and quality as they had their goalkeeper, Joe Hart to thank for his heroic display against his boyhood club.

Moyes’ side had only two attempts on target all 90 minutes and if not for Hart’s brilliance to deny Shaun Whalley and Mat Sadler, the Hammers could have been eliminated from the glamorous competition.

With his famous FA Cup shocker by Shrewsbury in 2003 at his time at the helms at Everton still fresh in his memory, Moyes believes the replay will be a good time for his squad to show what they are made of.

“I don’t think we showed any quality and the biggest disappointment is I didn’t think we showed enough steel,” he said.

“When you come to places like this you have to show yourself physically, that you can battle and compete.

“I didn’t think we did that at all and that was the worst thing about it. Sometimes it’s not easy. The conditions – the sun – didn’t make it easy for the players to see things around them but that didn’t stop the fact that we didn’t compete on a lot of occasions.

“Obviously if you compare Wembley and Thursday night, it’s a big change. But it’s a mentality thing.

“You’ve got to go and show that wherever you are, you’ve got to respect whatever players you’re against and recognize it’s going to be tough. For the first half especially, we didn’t compete at all.”

Westham to hijack Watford’s Etienne Capoue for £12m

Former Tottenham midfielder, Etienne Capoue is said to be a major target of Moyes’ Westham and the Daily Mail reported that his club, Watford are also willing to sell for £12m.

Capoue has made 79 premier league appearances for the Hornets since their return to the top flight, he has also been very instrumental in their charge to stay put in the league.

He had a remarkable season at Watford last season as he ended up been the club’s second highest goal scorer with seven goals but it has been an indifferent 2017/18 season for the French midfielder. He has made the matchday team list just nine times with only four starts and the other five appearances as a substitute.

According to the Daily Mail report, Watford may consider Westham offer if they can match their £12m price tag, although it is yet to be confirmed if Westham will complete the deal anytime soon.

Capoue’s experience at the highest level is undoubted as he was even fantastic just last season. However, Westham’s fans may still have a mixed feeling should his signing be completed in the coming days considering their urgent need to remain in the premier league.

The Hammers’ transfer record has been far from convincing in recent years and with Capoue’s age and the pace of the premier league, there might be questions as to whether the French midfielder is the ideal man for Westham.

Moyes Wants To Build Squad In January

January will be busy for us – Moyes

Former Manchester United Manager, David Moyes picked up Westham’s top job a few weeks ago and he is quite keen to boost his squad by the time the transfer window opens in January.

Westham endured a disastrous start to the season with only three wins in 17 games which have left them in 19th position in the league. They have however enjoyed some instant rejuvenation days into Moyes reign as they took all 3 points against Chelsea last weekend and also forced Arsenal to a goalless draw on Wednesday to go level on points with West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.

“I hope it is busy, the January window,” Moyes told a news conference. “In recent years, it has not been as busy as people had made it out to be. But it is not the easiest month (to do transfer business).

“I would like to add to the squad if we can do. I think it is really important that we try and get players who we think can make a difference and who can more or less go straight into the team. But that is not the easiest thing to do.”

The London club’s battle for survival will continue when they travel to 15th-placed Stoke City later on Saturday.

Javier Hernandez Returns For West Ham

Chicharito returns for Westham

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is expected back in action for David Moyes’ Westham this weekend.

The former Manchester United forward has been unavailable after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty with Mexico in their 3-3 draw with Belgium in November but he will be in contention to feature when they take on Chelsea on Saturday after returning to full training this week.

He may see only a few minutes of action but it is likely he will be involved, stated Moyes who Chicharito hasn’t played for since he became Manager.

“We’re looking much better” Moyes explained at a press conference on Friday

“We have had a whole host of players back training for a few days, not fully training and in some cases, I would say not fully fit either, but it’s good to get them back.” “Back training, yeah, he’s one of the ones back in training,” referring to Hernandez.

The two had a feisty relationship during their time together at Manchester United, seeing Chicharito back on the pitch will do well in calming Mexico fans’ nerves, many of whom may dread another calamitous affair between the duo but Moyes reacted to this by saying that he looks forward to a “new era of relations” between them.

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David Moyes warns West Ham players to cut out individual mistakes or be replaced


David Moyes feels West Ham’s main problem since he took over has been individual errors.

The Hammers were thrashed 4-0 at Moyes’ old club Everton on Wednesday evening, and he has also overseen a 2-0 loss at Watford and a 1-1 home draw with Leicester following his appointment as Slaven Bilic’s successor.

That has extended West Ham’s winless run in the Premier League to seven games and they sit 18th in the Premier League table, two points adrift of safety.

And Moyes has warned his players the mistakes need to stop or he will look for new players.

He said after the match at Goodison Park: “I thought we were completely submissive in the first half and the worst thing was individual mistakes cost us.

“I think in the time I’ve been here, in the three games I’ve had, the goals we’re conceding are from individual (errors).

“I don’t think it is because we are not organised or not running hard enough to get back into position, or the players are not showing the right attitude.

“I actually think it was individual mistakes in the games that are costing us, so we either have to eradicate it or find people who are not going to make the individual mistakes.”

West Ham were 2-0 down at the break following a brace from Moyes’ former player Wayne Rooney, who subsequently completed his hat-trick with an outrageous strike from just inside his own half, before Ashley Williams headed in Everton‘s fourth.

Manuel Lanzini missed the chance to make it 2-1 early in the second half when his penalty was saved by Jordan Pickford.

The east London outfit are next in action when they face unbeaten league leaders Manchester City away on Sunday.

And Moyes added: “I think I have got to hope that this is where ‘you never know what happens in football‘ comes in, because we certainly wouldn’t be looking favourites.

“But I have to say there’s not many teams looking favourites when coming up against those teams just now.

“We have to go there and it’s exactly right – you never know.”

After Winston Reid came off in the second half of Wednesday’s contest, Moyes said it appeared the defender had tweaked his hamstring.

He also revealed Andy Carroll had sat out the match having jarred his knee in training, and said: “We don’t think it’s that bad. We had it scanned and nothing showed up.”

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Wayne Rooney hails best ever goal in Everton’s win over West Ham


Wayne Rooney felt he had never scored a better goal than the incredible strike that completed his hat-trick in Everton’s 4-0 thrashing of West Ham.

With incoming boss Sam Allardyce watching on from the stands at Goodison Park, Rooney scored from inside his own half in the 66th minute as he met Joe Hart’s clearance inside the centre circle and sent the ball straight in.

Asked if he had ever netted a goal better than that, the 32-year-old told BT Sport: “I don’t think so.

“It’s one of, if not, the best goal I’ve scored. I hit it as well as I’ve ever kicked a football. To make it my first hat-trick for Everton, I’m delighted.”

Captain for the night Rooney’s first goal came in the 18th minute as he headed in on the follow-up after his penalty was saved by Hart, and he slotted home his second 10 minutes later.

Jordan Pickford then saved Manuel Lanzini’s spot-kick just before the hour mark, and after Rooney’s outrageous effort from distance, Ashley Williams added a 78th-minute header.

The win, which moved Everton up from 17th to 13th in the Premier League, was only their second in eight matches since David Unsworth stepped up from the under-23s to take caretaker charge following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

Allardyce, sat alongside Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright at the game, will surely have taken great encouragement from what he saw hours after the club had announced he was to finalise terms on becoming their new manager.

Rooney said of Allardyce: “Of course he’ll be pleased, but for us as a team, as a club, it was important for us to show some pride. As David Unsworth said, we’ve been hurting.”

He added: “We’ve got to give thanks to David Unsworth. He’s stepped in at a difficult time for the football club, he’s a true Everton person.

“I’m delighted for him we’ve got this victory because it’s an important win for the club but also for David Unsworth.”

Unsworth hailed Rooney’s “wonder goal” and said the former England captain was “probably the only guy on the pitch” who could score such an effort.

And regarding Allardyce, he said: “I had 10 minutes with him this afternoon at Finch Farm. He came in with (Everton’s director of football) Steve Walsh and had a look around.

“I’m sure I’ll have a more in-depth conversation with him in the next few days.

“I’m going to have a couple of days off and resume my role with the under-23s. That’s important to me.”

He added: “The board have made a decision and like any manager he needs to be afforded time and patience and given the chance and the backing from the whole football club. He certainly has my backing.

“We must back him and stick together as a club. We need to stick together and give Sam the time to get us up the league.”

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David Moyes would relish long-term chance at West Ham


David Moyes admits he would love to extend his stay at West Ham and develop the club like he did at Everton.

The Scot was only handed a contract until the end of the season when he replaced Slaven Bilic earlier this month, with a brief to drag the Hammers clear of relegation trouble.

Moyes spent 11 years at Goodison Park, turning Everton into regular top-eight finishers and occasional European qualifiers.

But he fears the days of managers being allowed to put an infrastructure in place and build towards a long-term goal have now disappeared.

“I’d love to think football clubs would always go long term and think that way,” said Moyes.

“I hope it’ll turn full circle. At the moment managers are now down to probably 16 months in the job, maybe even less in some cases.

“What it means is there’s always a chance of a change of staff and a change of players. It doesn’t get to be settled and bedded down.

“Sometimes you need the directors to say ‘OK we have to go with it, we have to put things in place for the long term’.

“There are other things you need to develop – you want your academy to develop, you want all the things around your club, your infrastructure, all to be good.

“Myself included, maybe even more so. My job is to come here and win games and make sure we stay up. I’m here at the moment on a short-term contract.

“The future for managers looks more likely to be short-term contracts than managers tending to get 10 or 11 years in any one job.”

Moyes heads back to Goodison on Wednesday with West Ham desperate for a victory to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

His old club are in some disarray, with caretaker boss David Unsworth still in charge five weeks after they sacked Ronald Koeman.

Unsworth has picked up just one win from seven matches in charge, the last two of which were a 5-1 Europa League defeat by Atalanta and Sunday’s 4-1 loss at Southampton.

But Moyes is unsure whether that means it is a good time to face the Toffees.

“You never can tell,” he added.

“I know the players there and they’ll be hurting. They’ll be wanting to get back to the standards they’ve set.

“But my focus is on West Ham and my focus is solely on how we’re doing and trying to improve our performances to get us three points from the game.”

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