The case for Arthur as Gooners beckon


Disagreement is an inevitability in football and few provoke more of that than Arthur Masuaku.

Give the bloke more than a four or five in ratings and the moan ups start that he’s useless and what’s the problem with the person giving the marks.

Well actually, nothing, because on a poor day at Turf Moor he was one of the livelier performers and given his goal – freak though it was against Chelsea – he deserved a place and did ok.

The question now of course is whether  he keep his place if Aaron Cresswell is available for Arsenal and given the performances of Said Benrahma over recent weeks and notably at Burnley I’d have to say yes.

Benny is a major disappointment for me. One great run and unfortunately placed ball inside isn’t enough for a near £30 million player and Lanzini looks quite his equal without  hitting the heights.

I think the former Bee needs to be rested for the game against the Gooners with Arthur playing in front of Cress.

Maybe to the time has come to give Antonio a rest too with Bowen taking the forward role in which he has rarely disappointed. Mikey has previously been excellent coming off the bench as a super sub. Maybe that’s what he needs.

My team Fabianski; Coufal, Diop, Dawson. Cresswell (if fit), Rice, Soucek, Masuaku, Lanzini, Fornals, Bowen

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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!"

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  • mojen says:

    I agree. But then when you look at the team you wonder who will score the goals ? Shows the state weve got into. STRIKER LESS BASICALLY.

  • Michael Miller says:

    Well, if Cresswell is unavailable I’d bring in Longelo at full-back – he did well against Dinamo Zagreb – and push Masuaku further forward at the expense of Benrahma! 🤔

    Benrahma has been poor – as has been Antonio but we’ve got no choice there! 🤯

  • hammerpete6 says:

    If Arthur is in I’m happier with Cress in a back three. I would still play Bowen up top and sub on Mikey – he needs a break. I have been persuaded that Benrahma is off form and should be benched. If Cress unfit young Longelo is a player

  • Trevor From England says:

    Moyes knows what he’s doing. He also knows who is fit enough to start. Players are human – they have periods of being off form or fatigue. Vlasic and Kral will find their domino effect sooner or later. We’ll be more than OK.

  • mikey says:

    Time to start Vlasic in place of Benrhama, imo. And perhaps Kral for Soucek.

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