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Masuaku absence explained

Hammers insiders have cleared up the reasons for Arthur Masuaku’s absence from the squad on Saturday.

The left back was suffering from no injury problems but was simply left out of the match day set of players in favour of extra midfielders with Pablo Fornals, Robert Snodgrass and Jack Wilshere all available..

And that makes the defeat harder to accept given that we are so well off in that area of the park but in the end failed  to make the impact manager Manuel Pellegrini obviously expects as a result of his imports.

We were told by a source before the game that the DR Congo defender was absolutely fine but that such was the strength of the squad this was a scenario which would probably happen regularly this season.

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He said: “Arthur is a victim of the squad strength on this occasion but others will be feeling the pressure over the course of the season.

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6 comments on “Masuaku absence explained

  1. Sadly, it was the “Masuaku type” of movement and crosses that was so evidently missing from the left. Haller could probably have put away a couple more goals from these.

  2. West Ham need to get rid of snodgrass,Wiltshire,Sanchez,all a waste of space who are not premership standard

  3. Zabaletta can play either wing, Arthur can’t imho MP made the right call.

  4. True Simon but to be fair to cresswell his played well last three games and deserves his spot. And I’m not a cresswell fan at all. Masu could in my opinion have come on and supported that left side though with his technical ability when lanzini was subbed and still don’t understand why Manu and yarmo was taken off anyway as they would be the ones to break down the defending of cp.

  5. Is this the same player who was absolutely shocking away to Oxford United. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was playing with his Bluetooth in ear headphones on!

  6. Masuaka is NOT a left back, he has zero positional sense. However, he can be effective as an impact left winger, using his pace.

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