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Zaba sends dressing room a warning

Gauging the temperature and problems inside West Ham are usually best measured by listening to the words of Pablo Zabaleta.

For he and Mark Noble are the two players who have been there and done it over and over when it comes to identifying and dealing with issues affecting players.

Of the two, Zaba’s comments are generally the more incisive as he points the finger straight at the problems the Hammers may be having at any point in time.

He has become a huge favourite on and off the pitch just as he was at Man City and is a close confidante of the manager.

This is so anything he has to say may well reflect the boss’ thoughts more accurately than the manager himself can be expected to reveal.

And in his latest assessment Zaba made it clear he wasn’t happy with the condition of things in the Hammers dressing room and has named Marko Arnautovic’s transer saga as being a problem.

He said: “Honestly, I think so many situations off the field have been creating a little bit of a bad atmosphere.

“I understand January is a difficult month for clubs, because you can have big interest in your best players.

“I’m not saying it’s all about Arnautovic. It’s not only his situation. There have been many players’ names around the media.

“But Arnie was out of the squad for two games and he’s been the main player for us.”

He added: “If we want to become the team we were in December, then we need to bring everyone together and stick together. And play hard for each other. “

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7 comments on “Zaba sends dressing room a warning

  1. If I’m honest I dont think the fans want to hear any of that for the min as it’s been said so many Times before…it’s like we are on a roundabout…. I think for a few weeks the best the players could do is keep shtumm….the last time was after the Wimbledon night mare when they said they would put it right against wolves….look how that turned out ..

  2. I like Zaba but he should leave his pundit hat in the studio and do his talking on the pitch, or privately behind the scenes. I don’t think players gossiping in public about their teammates situation and morale does anyone any favours, especially when it’s being used as an excuse for poor performances on the pitch.

    • I do. When it comes from a total pro whose commitment is total and who refuses to deal in the cliches we all hate I think it’s perfect. We’ll disagree again mate

    • Arnie, Perez and Hernandez had it coming imho Clive, Zaba like MP should call them out, you see Sarri is doing the same with Chelsea, these players need a kick up the backside, they earn a small fortune the least they can do is respect the badge especially in away games. I don’t know how they can look themselves in the mirror.

  3. Ok. But I think he should leave it to the manager. He’s only repeating his managers thoughts anyway, as you alluded to yourself Hugh.

  4. Zana is probably right but the players need to knuckle down and sort it . They have the ability to win more games it’s about having the mindset to go out and win . On that note they need to work harder and put this to the back of their minds and move on.

  5. Exactly blood. I understand the manager offering excuses for poor performances sometimes. Like maybe he is trying to protect his players and they in turn will be more likely to want to play for him. I just dont like all the talk and excuses from players. I would rather they did their talking on the pitch.

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