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Irons forgotten man may be the answer


west_ham_uniteds_alvaro_arbeloa_324799Forgotten man Alvaro Arbeloa who signed a one-year contract with West Ham last summer as a free agent may wonder why he is not in the frame for a game this weekend.

So might the rest of us!

He’s believed to be on wages of around £60k a week and will presumably wave goodbye after making three appearances at Premier League level, the last one being on December 3 in the Arsenal humiliation at the LS.

On his arrival he told West Ham TV: “I am really happy to be here in a great club in a great league.I’m really happy to be back in England and, for me, it’s a great chance and I’m looking forward to playing with this side.”

The club claimed he was injured after the 5-1  defeat but several inside sources claim the manager had a major training ground bust-up with him after he allegedly laughed at the manager and he was briefly sent to train with the youngsters as punishment.

He rarely mentioned in injury updates or in press conferences although he was pictured back in full training at Rush Green in February. A club insider confirmed the player is fit, available for selection and trains daily with the first team at Rush green.

With 436 competitive minutes under his belt this season and £2.14m of wages since he was signed 33 weeks ago, that’s £4908 per minute or £535,000 per appearance.

This Saturday we have no Sam Byram or recognised right back for that matter after Sam was sent off for receiving two yellow cards against Sunderland.

Maybe it is time Bilic and Arbeloa kissed and made up should they need to and more importantly it maybe exctly the right time for him to show his Real Madrid experience against Leighton Baines on Saturday.

If we are going to stop him and the likes of Lukaku from scoring he could be key.

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  • kennycandb says:

    Sean. Not often I disagree with you but on this one I do big time. If we play Arbeloa or for that matter Norveltd at RB Baines will have a field day knocking balls into Lukaku. My preferred team would be Adrian ( Randolph has used up all of any credits he had with a series of point losing blunders since January). Masuaku RB, Reid, Collins and Font in the centre of defence and Cresswell LB. Kayoute, Fernandez, Snodgrass and Lanzini MF. Ayew up front. Certainly have Calleri and Sakho on the bench. But do not let Norveltd or Fegouhli any where near the starting line up. The former is error prone and the latter is just simply the laziest player I have seen at West Ham getting back to help defensively.

  • tonycheekyboy says:

    This is why Billic should go at the end of the season. Why buy him and don’t play him. So what if he laughed at Billic! He should take his dummy out.

  • ReggieHammer says:

    Actually excited for this season to end it’s been that much of a let down! Regroup over the summer… big clear out, including the manager who annoys me every weekend with his weird selections and lack of tactics…and start fresh all guns blazin

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Good point Sean, there comes a time when ego’s have to be put aside including the manager’s, Arbeloa has won a World Cup and played at the very highest level most of his career, he is the only genuine right back at the club now and certainly a better option than Kouyate or Nordveidt in that position. Nordveidt has made a few blunders but for me the jury is still in on him I saw enough in his pre-season performances to believe in a team defending as a unit he would be an assett. The way we have been playing against the top sides I fear the worst tomorrow maybe a 5 or 6 – 1 defeat and I hope by saying that I am proved to be a fool 😉 time will tell, hoping for the best COYI !!!

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