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Moyes tells Rice that’s how he will learn

David Moyes had tough words for young Declan Rice after the 4-1 defeat by Arsenal.

But the manager was keen to make it clear that as a young player “that’s how you learn and hopefully he will come back better.”

Speaking to BBC Sport he said: “”We just didn’t start the second half as well and they got a foothold in the game. We came back into it but in the end we probably had too many attacking players on the pitch and ruined our balance of making sure we did the defensive job well.

“Great credit to lads for how well they done and stuck at it. Unfortunately a young player [Declan Rice] makes a mistake – but that’s how you learn, make mistakes and get on with it – and hopefully come back better. Joe Hart made two very good saves. We need them to make saves.”

“It [Wenger’s announcement] did make it more difficult but I didn’t think it played that way. We did a really good job, contained them for long periods.


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How we rated the Irons v Arsenal


CandH ratings man Niall McDonald hands out the marks on a grim afternoon



Hart: Didn’t spill one of ‘those’ shots with Ramsey hovering, made a superb fingertip save on 72 mins and even better on 78, yet still let in 4! Who’d be a goalkeeper… 7
Zabaleta: More right-back than wing-back today. Took his 9th yellow card prior to the opener 6
Ogbonna: Marshalled defence well until the 2nd went in 7
Rice: Well I don’t think we’ll ever see him duck under a cross like that again 5
Cresswell: Another who looked comfortable until things fell apart 6
Masuaku: Very sketchy in defence – moved off the post allowing the ball to pass him for first goal 4
Noble: Seems to be left to do an awful lot of running and harrying in this line-up, doesn’t shirk it 6
Kouyate: Huffed and puffed, looking a little weary 5
Joao Mario: Some nice touches early on. Very poor corners and faded 5
Fernandes: Bright start. Not best suited to wide right role 4
Arnautovic: Had the beating of Koscielny from the start. Has now scored 10 (ten) goals!!! 7

Lanzini: Instinctive pass to Marko, needed in the starting 11 quickly 6
Hernandez: Immediately found himself unmarked from a free kick. Had few glimmers after that 4
Carroll: On too late for any heroics or to leave any imprints on the Arsenal defence 3


Brave Irons hold out for so long before collapsing

Arsenal 4 Irons 1

It was a brave performance for a long time before the Hammers simply fell apart in the face of some great football – helped by defensive blunders form the north Londoners.

And at the end of it all the reality is that we remain six points clear of the bottom three having a game in hand on Stoke who drew with Burnley whilst Southampton were otherwise involved in the FA Cup.

It looked for a very long time – 82 minutes in fact -as though we would escape with a point but so sadly it was the teenager Declan Rice, in attempting to leave the  ball for Joe Hart – who will shoulder the blame for the Gooners getting their noses in front at 2-1.

But for a string of fine saves from Hart it might have been worse but sadly teh four goals will be seen another condemnation of the man – on this occasion they shouldn’t.

Earlier Monreal had seen his goal cancelled out by a wondrous Arnie strike before Ramsey’s effort, after the defensive mix up, and a couple from Lacazette put paid to everything we’d fought so hard to achieve.

Arthur Masuaku has to take some blame for the first goal when he was on the post but backed off from Monreal’s drive.

In fact Arthur had an often diappointing game with errors at the back and no serious penetration when moving forward where Arni was again the main man, getting in behind and causing real issues.

We still look okay in terms of the relegation scrap with Stoke needing to win two games from their last three and Southampton the same from their final four.

Remaining games: HAMMERS; Man City (h), Leicester City (a),  Manchester United (h), Everton (h).

Southampton: Bournemouth (h), Everton (a), Swansea (a), Manchester City (h)

Stoke City: Liverpool (a),  {Palace (h), Swansea (a)





Wenger may spring Lacazette surprise on Irons

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang  – who formed Arsenal’s front pair against Newcastle last weekend – are unlikely to team up for this afternoon’s game against the Hammers.

The Arsenal boss stated after the game that the partnership, which saw Aubameyang play on the left side of the attack, showed plenty of signs of promise. But since then the Frenchman has dropped a hint that he could leave out today.

His reasoning is that he wants to give a run out to those who will start against Atletico Madrid on Thursday night but London: Football claims it would be “a real surprise” if the Gabon international misses out.

They claim it’s more likely Lacazette will make way to remain  injury free ahead of the Europa League semi-final first leg, with Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil starting on either side of Aubameyang in the front three.

Aaron Ramsey was left out against Newcastle because of the nasty cut he received to his shin against Moscow and has been forced to train on his own all week to avoid any contact.

But he should return today providing he has been medically cleared, with Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka making up the midfield three to take on the Hammers.

Like Ramsey, both Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin were given the day off last weekend, but both are expected to come back in to the back four with Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal.

Expected Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang, Welbeck.


Arsenal and a Moyes defining moment

Arsenal at the Emirates and in need of points is a moment when we may be able to decide what David Moyes to is really all about.

Many will believe they already know but I reckon this is something of a defining game as we come to it – if the truth’s know – more in hope than expectation.

Will he decide to go with five at the back?  I think so but will he give himself some serious attacking options and demonstrate the desire to really go after Wenger’s men WHENEVER the opportunity presents itself.

The team virtually picks itself and I see only the one change – Lanzini for the lethargic Mario – but as we saw on  Monday with Chicharito and Carroll on the bench, there are exciting options and game changers.

Manu has something to prove for me this season as even when fully fit he hasn’t torn up trees but the revelation that has been Arthur Masuaku most certainly has on occasions – despite that ban!

So with him, Lanzini and Arnie looking to provide a cutting edge, the question is whether Moyes is set to have a go or sit back and play for the point.

I most certainly hope not. This is a game from which, in reality, points would be a bonus and there’s absolutely nothing to lose although a gung ho approach is not what I’m suggesting.

Let’s have a go – a real go whenever we can. This is your moment Mr Moyes.

Likely team: Hart; Zaba, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku; Fernandes, Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini, Arnautovic 

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Gunners await and AC wants to hurt them big time

Andy Carroll is back in the mood and ready to hit the old routine of scoring seriously important goals.

His equaliser against Stoke City on Monday evening was critical and now he’s ready to lay himself on the line against Arsenal.

With 45 conceded this season, the Gooners aren’t the most secure at the back and the Irons are ready to make their attacking prowess count with Arnie, Arthur, Manu and AC – a bit later – starting the charge.

And ahead of the game Carroll said: ““It was nice to get a goal on Monday, because I’ve been out a long time. When you’re 1-0 down and you get an equaliser it’s a great feeling.

“It’s been a frustrating season. It’s tough [when you’re injured] and you’re working alone – you just want to be on the pitch.

“When I’ve been out I just try to get around the lads as much as possible for all the games and be there to support them as much as I can.

“We’re feeling good. We’ve had a couple of good games with good results and picked up points.

“It was important to get the point against Stoke to continue that and now we need to few more to get safe.”

Carroll scored a hat-trick against them in the final Boleyn Ground meeting, and he believes David Moyes will have the team set up to get a positive result.

He added: “It would be nice for any of us to get a hat-trick on Sunday! Just a few points would be nice.  That hat-trick in 2016 is a good memory. We didn’t win the game, but we didn’t lose it either, so it was good.

“It’s been very good working under David Moyes. His coaching has been very good and he’s brought a lot of different strategies for us.

“Every game is different and he’s brought that to the pitch. I’ve been enjoying it and so have the lads.

“If we can go to Arsenal and get the three points to hopefully secure us in the Premier League for next season, that would be a great result.”


Hammers get a £28m demand

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Inter Milan have told West Ham they want £28 million for loanee Joao Mario.

However, the midfielder’s performances have been so patchy there is no chance of the Hammers paying even half of that after he has consistently failed to live up to David Moyes’ expectations.
He has made eight appearances in the  scoring once and assisting once which is way below what was wanted when the manager was looking for Manu Lanzini cover and moved in during the winter window..

Inter bought Mario for 40 million euros and look set to take a heavy hit on with few offers having been received from interested clubs

But according to some European observers should he do well in the Russia World Cup Inter believe they will have a chance of offloading him although it is certainly not likely to be to West Ham.

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Moyes looks ready to return for former favourite

David Moyes and West Ham are again being linked with Manchester United contract rebel Marouane Fellaini who reportedly has half a dozen clubs after him.

Despite Jose Mourinho doing his best to keep the Belgium international, the midfielder has turned down a new deal at Old Trafford.

The Mirror reports that Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Monaco, Besiktas, West Ham and Leicester have all been in contact with his advisers.

The player – having enjoyed a fruitful and close relationship with David Moyes at Everton is keen on one last big money move and it is widely believed he will move abroad to get it.

However, he has been regularly linked with the Irons and the manager can be expected to press hard for his former Goodison favourite.

However, Moyes believes he is the type of character who can bring some much need steel to his midfield and has him as a possible alternative to Fulham’s Tom Cairney who will most certainly remain with the club should they be promoted to the Premier League.


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The View From Over Land And Sea

Our Canadian Hammer Paul is back with his regular musings on all things West Ham ahead of tomorrows trip to to play an Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team for the last time.

He also takes a look at the players he believes should be retained and has a couple of high profile squad members in mind who he believes should depart.

Paul also touches on the fans frustrations surrounding David Moyes tactics but makes and argument for retaining the manager for the foreseeable future. As always a thorough, analytical and well though out vlog from our overseas Hammer.





Poll: Who should captain West Ham next season?

In today’s ClaretandHugh poll we ask who should captain West Ham next season?

The obvious choices are Mark Noble or Marko Arnautovic but maybe you think someone would do a better job.

David Moyes has spoken regularly of the leadership qualities being shown by Arnie and the guy seems to have become one of us very quickly forever telling the world we are a great club.

Nobes is a fine servant but we just wonder whether the time has come for Arnie to provide a different brand of leadership.

If you have problems voting click at http://poll.fm/5y1k3