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Hammers Marmite man under the spotlight

Arthur was back for his first game of the season following the signing of a new contract.

As expected the manager left Creswell out – for whatever reason decided on Ogbonna as skipper – leaving Arthur to use his pace and skill in the left sided role.

Our PlayerWatch reporter Danny Leach was there to take a look at the guy who is Marmite to many performed on his first team return.


5 – Takes on Montoya and knocks the ball past him as he tries to beat him but only loses the ball

7 – Holds the ball up well but he loses the ball as his pass is deflected off Gross

11 – He beats Gross and wins a throw in as Montoya tackles him

14 – His cross is blocked by Propper

15 – He tackles Propper and retains the ball very cleverly as he flicks the ball over him

21 – Makes a horrible clearance with his right foot which falls to Stephens on the edge of the box but his shot is saved by Fabianski

27 – He is caught in no man’s lands by not really marking anyone as Trossard’s goal is ruled offside. However, Ogbonna could have blocked the incoming cross from Burn

52 – He dribbles on the left hand side but loses the ball to Gross

Verdict – 5 – It was quite an underwhelming display from Masuaku who generally struggled against the Seagulls attackers and midfielders. While always looking to be a threat going forward, he too often lost the ball whilst breaking into the attack. His defending and discipline is not up to the standard expect and against better opposition he would have been punished more heavily for his mistakes. Apart from having some neat skills up his sleeve he must up his game if he is to succeed in Pellegrini’s team.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Hammers Marmite man under the spotlight

  1. Why did he get a new contract ? I think most fans were expecting him to be shown the door.
    I’ll be surprised if we don’t have a new left back in January.

  2. Listen most of the team had a poor display and the defence were lucky that Fabianski had a good game . I support the team passionately but expect to see better . Wilshere will have better games but against better teams we will get found out defensively unless we tighten up further . Plus the attack seemed a bit powder puff no cutting edge. Lanzini was good though , I think Fornals will be great just needs a bit of time to get the pace of PL.

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