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19:50  14 september  2018
19:50  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

West Ham hopeful Arnautovic will be fit to face Chelsea

  West Ham hopeful Arnautovic will be fit to face Chelsea West Ham hope to be able to call upon Marko Arnautovic this weekend when they face Chelsea at the London Stadium. According to the London Evening Standard, sources close to the club say the Hammers are confident Arnautovic will be given the green light to face the Premier League leaders despite coming off against Everton with an injury. There were concerns about the player’s chances for the Chelsea game following the knee injury, but that forward appears fit enough to feature. The report does not specify if the Austrian is going to be fit enough to start or come off the bench, but his availability will be a huge boost to West Ham, as Manuel Pellegrini goes in search of back-to-back wins for the first time this season. It is not such good news for Jack Wilshere, who is now facing six weeks out of action. Arnautovic has quickly emerged as West Ham’s talisman once again this season and his performance will be key if the Hammers want to get a result on Sunday.

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It feels like longer than two weeks since Everton last played, but I suppose that’s an effect of a poor result before a long break. There isn’t much worse than a disappointing game before the internationals, as you just want to get on to the next one, but it never comes.

Anyway, it came, and we’ve got West Ham on Sunday. We also face them with what feels like half a squad, just adding to my already pretty strong hatred of international football. They’re just useless, glorified friendlies and if I had my way, no Everton player would go on international duty again. I’d rather see Everton win a throw in than England win the World Cup. Is that a popular opinion? Maybe.

Zabaleta hails West Ham's work ethic against Everton

  Zabaleta hails West Ham's work ethic against Everton West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta has hailed the work ethic that his side showed in the recent win against Everton. Speaking to the Hammers’ official club website, as cited in a report from Football London, the experienced defender was quick to note that the intensity on display by the visitors was key as they secured their first points of the season. “We improved the intensity. Everyone worked so hard for the 95 minutes and that is what you need, especially in this league.” “You need to give everything, 100%, every single game, with everyone working hard for each other. You need concentration on all the corners, free-kicks, set plays, especially as this ground is a difficult one to get a result at.” West Ham had lost their previous four Premier League fixtures, leaving them rooted to the foot of the table. However, the win at Goodison Park has lifted them out of the relegation zone as they look to push on under Manuel Pellegrini. Zabaleta turned in a cultured display on Merseyside as West Ham’s forward players were able to inflict plenty of damage upon Marco Silva’s Everton side. “It was crucial to get three points to lift the confidence of the lads a little bit. It was a great performance from the whole team, defensively and offensively, and I’m so happy with it.” Andriy Yarmolenko netted a fine first-half brace and Marko Arnautovic sealed the win for West Ham following Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal for the hosts on the stroke of half-time.

Not that I’d change my mind either way.

But we’ll work with what we’ve got, and some injuries come as a blessing in disguise.

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Cascarino feels Yarmolenko is similar stylistically to Bale .
West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko’s style of play is similar to that of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, Tony Cascarino has claimed. Cascarino, writing in his column for the Times, discussed how the Ukraine international performed in West Ham’s 3-1 win at Everton on Sunday and suggested that he plays in a similar fashion to Gareth Bale and Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben. “Yarmolenko is like Gareth Bale and Arjen Robben in the way that he wants to play on the right and cut in on to his left foot. As an opposing defender, you cannot allow him to do that or he will punish you more often than not. And it is also obvious that he will try to do it at every opportunity.” Yarmolenko’s introduction to English football has been a gradual one but Manuel Pellegrini opted to finally award him with his first start in the Premier League at Goodison Park. The former Borussia Dortmund star failed to disappoint and was talismanic as West Ham clinched their first points of the new Premier League season. Yarmolenko opened the scoring for West Ham after some good work from Marko Arnautovic before doubling his side’s lead with a wonderful curling effort. His attacking companion Arnautovic sealed the victory in the second half with a poked finish to cancel out Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal on the stroke of half-time.

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