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Match Thread: West Ham v Arsenal

FA Premier League
London Stadium
KO: 8pm
TV: BT Sport

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Match Report

Ten Talking Points From West Ham 1 Chelsea 0

So proud. It’s the first time for ages, and going back to last season, that we have put in a performance that lasted ninety minutes. Credit to every player. They were a team, not just a team of individuals. Let’s crack on from this!

1. Cracking Man of the Match performance from Arthur Masuaku.
2. Arnautovic finally broke his duck and played superbly.
3. Brilliant, rocking atmosphere for the second Chelsea home game in a row!
4. Excellent midfield performance in the first half especially.
5. Excellent defensive performance throughout the game with the back three looking solid throughout.
6. Great return for Winston Reid.
7. Andre Ayew put in a real defensive shift when he came on to replace the tired out Antonio.
8. David Moyes set the team up perfectly to frustrate Chelsea. Credit to him.
9. Adrian did everything that was asked of him and must now retain his place for Arsenal on Wednesday.
10. Let’s hope this sets up th rest of our season and isn’t a flash in the pan.

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Match Thread: West Ham v Chelsea

West Ham v Chelsea
FA Premier League
London Stadium
KO 12.30pm
TV: Sky Sports
Radio: BBC Radio 5 Live

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Talking Point

Should Adrian Play Against Chelsea

It’s always good for a manager to have a selection headache, but given the state of our injury list David Moyes doesn’t have that many to make at the moment.

For Saturday’s match against Chelsea the biggest decision for Moyes to make will be who plays in goal. In a normal world Joe Hart would automatically return between the sticks. He is, after all, still England’s Number One. He will only retain that title if he is also West Ham’s Number One. Given the dreadful defending that has gone on in front of him since August, it would be most unfair to put much of the blame on Joe Hart for our goals conceded record. In one or two matches he has been highly impressive, but in most, he’s looked fairly average. Have any of the goals conceded been directly down to him? Yes. a few, but that would be the same for any goalkeeper.

One thing he shares in common with Adrian is the ability to make you feel a little nervous. They are both great shot-stoppers but you’re always nervous that a big mistake is just around the corner.

Adrian did well against Manchester City, although he did have his trademark rush of blood to the head late on when he rushed out of his area to tackle a Manchster City player, who, luckily for Adrian, was nearer the edge of the pitch than the penalty area.

He who has the shirt should keep it, assuming they put in a good performance. Adrian did that at the Etihad and if we want him to be at West Ham I suspect he needs to think he’s in with a chance of retaining his place for a good run. He’s also playing for a place in Spain’s World Cup squad. If Joe Hart remains on the subs bench for a protracted period, it’s difficult to see him retaining his England place. Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland are hot on his toes.

So who would you pick? I’d give Adrian another game…

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