West Ham accelerate from the get go, and hammer home a 2-0 win at the London Stadium. The three points see West Ham remain in 12th in the table behind Watford only on goal differential, a mighty feat considering Watford’s terrific run of form at the beginning of the season. Watford also came off of a Monday night assault on reigning league champions Chelsea, but were no match for the Hammers.
The use of Marko Arnautovic, and Michail Antonio in the starting line up was a game changer for West Ham.
Fans want next level? Well Arnautovic is proving to be that and more. He is an absolute beast moving forward and has such fine tuned awareness that he never seems to miss an opportunity to slot someone through, or cut the ball back to keep possession. Despite a sitter missed early (we’ll chalk it up to injury rust), he capitalized on a broken play Aaron Cresswell didn’t give up on, and cemented home West Ham’s victory.
The question about Arnautovic was his health, and weather he should be risked with a hamstring injury. After seeing him for a week of training and understanding that the club have fourteen days off, Double-Down-David went all in on an attacking formation with him playing centre-forward and the bet hit.
Antonio worked well in attack as well. He assisted on Chicharito’s opening goal with amazing dribbling and speed, which is how he dominated Watford rightback Jaanmat all night. He played out of position, in a left wing-back role, but committed well on defense and made a difference offensively.
In all actuality Antonio’s ability to make plays down the wing should dictate his starting position, whether it be left or right wing. Wherever there is a defensive gap, slot Antonio there. Having a two week gap between now and Liverpool away, Antonio can do nothing but get in better game shape, and will have to be a factor in West Ham’s next match.
As for man of the match, its nearly impossible to pick. The backline of Angelo Ogbonna, James Collins and Aaron Cresswell all deserve honors, while midfielders Pablo Zabaleta and Cheikhou Kouyate also were terrific. The goal scorers, Chicharito and Arnautovic were both impressive the entire match, and Antonio’s slicing runs with blistering speed were game changing. I say give it to Moyes as a representation of the entire team.
When the chips were down, Moyes gambled on his players putting forward a solid performance, and they performed – all of them. It was a massively important game and the team selection from Moyes, with available options, was indicative of his ambition to succeed at West Ham.
Come On You Irons!