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Arnie’s two word answer to speculation

Mark Arnautovic has responded on social media with a two-word answer but I am not sure anyone is any the wiser with his reply.

Instagram user West Ham United Now posted a comment saying: “With all due respect to Arnie, he hasn’t achieved much in his career. So is he looking for a bumper contract deal at West Ham or is he genuinely trying to be ambitious? According to the West Ham insider ExWHUemployee, the interest of signing Samir Nasri has well and truly threw a spanner in the works. He’s unfit, overweight and hasn’t played football in over a year but the club are still willing to offer the Frenchman £80,000-a-week from the original £100,000 that he demanded. I would rather us not sign Samir Nasri if that means that we’ll lose Marko Arnautovic in the process. We also need to offer Declan Rice a contract that he deserves before it’s too late!” 

Arnie replied with a Cross Hammers emoji and the words “enough answer”

What that means no-one seems to know!  Answers on a postcard please!

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Pellegrini happy with Brentford run-out

Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with the way his side performed in their 2-1 friendly victory over Brentford on Thursday.

The two sides clashed in a behind-closed-doors friendly, with goals from Robert Snodgrass and Javier Hernandez handing the Irons the win. 

Nevertheless, the Championship side worked the Irons hard, and Pellegrini was pleased with the run-out.

He told the club’s official website: “It’s a good match for the boys and particularly for the players who are maybe not playing in every game.

“It was a very useful game because we played well, we played with intensity and so it was all OK.”

Andy Carroll returned to action as a second-half substitute, and Pellegrini was happy to see him on the pitch once again.

“For Andy Carroll, for Lucas Perez, for Angelo Ogbonna, they all put in good performances,” he added.

“At this moment we don’t have space for them in the [Premier League] starting XI, but they worked very hard today.”

He added: “It was good to see Andy play 45 minutes without any problems and he is always a player who, when he comes on the pitch, gives different things, so I hope he can stay fit from now until the end of the season.

“He is always an important option.”

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Majority are happy with West Ham season so far

In a surprise result, nearly 56% of West Ham supporters say they are happy with the progress the Hammers have made this season despite picking up just 12 points from 12 Premier League games.

In a Claret and Hugh poll of 1,500 readers, 839 (55.93%) said they were happy with the progress made by Manuel Pellegrini and his £100m of new summer recruits with almost a third of the season gone. In contrast, 661 (44.07%) of supporters disagreed with the statement saying they weren’t impressed with the progress so far by the Chilean manager who signed a three-year contract with the Irons last summer.

Back in August before the Premier League season kicked off, less than 5% of a Claret and Hugh poll believed the Hammers could finish in the top eight while 18% said West Ham could finish in the top ten, over 20% said top twelve and another 22% said top fourteen for the Irons.

Manuel Pellegrini seems to have the backing of the majority of West Ham supporters that he doing a good job.

 

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Report: Roma & Milan eye Irons defender

Roma and AC Milan are interested in Angelo Ogbonna, report Calciomercato.

The two Serie A clubs are looking to bolster their defence this January, and are keen on offering Ogbonna a return to Italian football. 

Ogbonna began his career in Italy with Torino, and spent a total of two years with Juventus prior to his move to east London.

Calciomercato now claim that both Serie A sides are ready to make an offer for the 30-year-old, who has played just seven times in all competitions this season.

West Ham will reportedly discuss a deal at €5 million, though both clubs could first look for a loan deal, with an obligation to buy in the summer.

Ogbonna last played 90 minutes for the club in the Premier League against Bournemouth in August. He played a total of 10 minutes against Leicester and Burnley.

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West Ham make history with streaming pilot

West Ham today made history with the first live streaming of a Court of Appeal hearing which was part of a pilot for a new service designed to increase public access and awareness to the court’s work. Online viewers watched via a Youtube live stream as three senior judges heard an appeal on Thursday in the latest stage of West Ham United’s legal battle with E20 Stadium LLP. The club is embroiled in a long-running legal dispute with E20 over the seating capacity for home games at the London Stadium.

The case was heard by Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton, Mr Justice Lewison and Mrs Justice Asplin.

The judges were being asked to rule on a preliminary issue of disclosure of documents by E20 ahead of the main trial which is due to start on Monday. A replay of the appeal court hearing screened earlier today can be watched below

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West Ham lead Premier League arrest table

Home Office figures published today reveal that they are 1,822 football banning orders in force representing a decrease of 6% from 1,929 last year.

This continues the downward trend seen in the number of football banning orders in force in the last 7 seasons, falling by 43% from 3,174 on 29 November 2011. Of the 1,822 football banning orders, a quarter (460) were new banning orders issued between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018. This is an 11% (-57) decrease in new banning orders imposed when compared with the previous season.

Newcastle had the highest number of banning orders with  79  for the fourth year in succession, with West Ham in fourth place on that list with 52 (down from third last year with 57).

West Ham leads the Premier League arrest table with 46 arrests last season followed by Manchester United with 40 and Arsenal with 3o.

Manchester City had 26 supporters arrested, while Everton had 25, Burnley and Leicester City both had 21 while Chelsea and Crystal Palace both had 20 fans nicked each.

 

 

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Reduced transfer window to continue

The Premier League has confirmed that the transfer window will again close a day before the start of the 2019-20 season.

All 20 clubs were represented in a share-holders meeting on Thursday, during which the proposal was rubber-stamped, per Sky Sports News.

Transfer windows had previously ended on August 30, but the reduced window is seen as a way of reducing disruption for clubs, both those who wish to buy players and those keen to sell.

Five clubs rallied against the initial change in 2017; Manchester United, Manchester City, Watford, Swansea and Crystal Palace all wanted a later closure.

It remains to be seen if foreign leagues, such as Spain’s La Liga or Germany’s Bundesliga, will follow the Premier League’s example.

They did not choose to do so last summer, leading to two transfer deadline days.

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Gold-en handshake backed by West Ham chief

David Gold has backed a golden handshake for outgoing Premier League chief Richard Scudamore.

Premier League clubs have each been asked to fork out £250,000, so they can hand Scudamore a £5 million payout. 

The idea originated with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, and it seems as though the majority of clubs will go along with the request.

It has been speculated on Twitter that Huddersfield, Wolves, Leicester, Burnley and Crystal Palace all declined to participate.

But Gold is happy to give his share.

Speaking to BBC journalist Dan Roan, Gold said the payment was right.

“It’s all very appropriate,” he said. “We’re all very pleased, the clubs will support the action.”

Gold also claimed that critics of the payment were “looking for trouble”.

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Carroll returns!

Andy Carroll played for West Ham United today!

The big striker came on as a substitute in a behind-closed-doors friendly between the Irons and Brentford on Thursday. 

He played the second half, joining Javier Hernandez in attack, as the Hammers won 2-1.

Robert Snodgrass scored the opener, and Chicharito the second, as the Irons were given a thorough test by the Championship club.

Carroll has not played a competitive game for the club this season, and last featured in the Premier League at the end of last season, when he played 24 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

It remains to be seen how quickly Carroll will be reintegrated into the team, but he gives manager Manuel Pellegrini a good option as a foil to Hernandez or Marko Arnautovic.

He scored three goals last season.

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Midfielder feeling good after injury lay-off

Jack Wilshere says he is feeling good after undergoing ankle surgery.

The former Arsenal midfielder has not featured for the Irons in the Premier League since September, in a 1-0 defeat to Wolves. 

However, he is nearing a return to action, and he says he will always back himself to make an impact on any team.

Talking to West Ham’s official website, he said: “Whenever I’m fit and playing in the Premier League, I’ve always said to everyone that I believe in my own ability,” he added

“Sometimes players go through tough times, injuries and stuff, but I always believe in my abilities. When I get back I’m looking to give my best performances.”

Wilshere has yet to win a league game in east London, also losing to Liverpool, Bournemouth and the Gunners, his former club.

Due to his injury, he was unable to play against Macclesfield in the Carabao Cup, and also missed the 3-1 cup win over Wimbledon.