Key man fit for Rice return


Key man fit for Rice return as title chasing Arsenal loom

West Ham manager David Moyes has allayed concerns regarding Alphonse Areola’s availability for the upcoming Premier League clash against Arsenal. The French goalkeeper was substituted at halftime in West Ham’s 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford after a collision with teammate Kurt Zouma resulted in a heavy blow to the head.

Despite an impressive first-half performance by West Ham, including Areola’s accurate distribution and quick thinking, the team couldn’t secure a victory against Manchester United. Alejandro Garnacho’s brace and Rasmus Hojlund’s goal sealed the win for the Red Devils.

Areola should be fit to face Arsenal

Key man fit for Rice return as Moyes gives good news on Areola’s head injury

However, Moyes assured fans that Areola’s substitution was purely precautionary, emphasising that the 30-year-old goalkeeper is feeling okay. This incident follows a similar situation two weeks ago when Areola was taken off late against Sheffield United due to a , erm . . . bruised lip.

With a crucial London derby against title-chasing Arsenal on the horizon, Areola’s presence becomes crucial for West Ham. Moyes highlighted the significance of ensuring the goalkeeper’s well-being, stating, “It was just a case of making sure we were not doing the wrong thing. He is fine, we just felt there was no point risking him.” West Ham supporters will be hoping for Areola’s swift return to action as they prepare to face Arsenal in a highly anticipated showdown.

The return of Declan Rice couldn’t come at a worse time with Arsenal’s title charge rejuvenated following a win against Liverpool. West Ham will need Areola as well as Lucas Paqueta if we are going to arrest the current slide in form.

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