West Ham United supporters are staring at another cagey season in a relegation dogfight, or at least that is what the early stages of the new Premier League season suggests. Three defeats from three is a bleak reading, but the attacking duo of Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic has the quality to improve their fortunes.
The Hammers stole into an early lead against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Felipe Anderson accelerated with supersonic pace towards the penalty area and beautifully combined with Marko Arnautovic in a confined space to create an attacking opportunity.
Arnautovic masterfully engineered a shooting opportunity and ruthlessly buried a low strike into the far bottom corner. West Ham supporters quickly rose to their feet to appreciate the brilliance of such an exciting attacking move, but they would head home disappointed with another defeat to their name.
Manuel Pellegrini became the first West Ham manager to lose his opening three matches in the Premier League since Avram Grant in 2010. Considering that the 2010/11 season ended in relegation for The Hammers is likely to create anxiety around the Olympic Stadium, but Pellegrini has the experience and quality to drag them away from potential relegation.
He’s acquired the services of various new players during the summer transfer window, which means they require time to adapt at the club. It’s evident that Pellegrini is opting for a counter-attacking system at West Ham and Anderson and Arnautovic are set to be the catalysts from the evidence of their defeat to Arsenal.
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