West Ham boss David Moyes has remained coy over Aaron Cresswell’s potential involvement in tonight’s clash with Arsenal…
The 31-year-old left-back has been absent since the defeat to Manchester City, where he picked up a nasty back injury after colliding with the post in making a last-ditch block to deny a goalscoring opportunity.
And speaking ahead of the Irons’ trip to the Emirates Stadium, Moyes was “still not able to be clear on Cresswell,” according to Evening Standard reporter Jack Rosser, who also relayed comments from his pre-game press conference.
“Cressy has got a chance and we’re still trying to push him for the game,” he claimed.
This latest update ahead of kick-off is surely going to leave much of the Hammers faithful concerned as they could do with their first-choice defender back amongst the starting XI, particularly for this encounter.
West Ham’s place inside the Premier League’s top four is at risk right now as the Gunners could leapfrog them in the table with three points, so having Cresswell involved would certainly be a boost.
However, Moyes’ remarks and Rosser’s reaction hardly provides much encouragement over whether or not he will feature in north London this evening.
Cresswell is one of West Ham’s most influential players, having ended last season as their most creative option in the final third with eight assists. He also led the squad for key chances created, averaging 1.6 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
His importance to this squad was recently emphasised by talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino, who said last month: “Talk about unsung heroes; I think Cresswell has been brilliant for them at left-back this year. I thought as he gets older, his place would be in jeopardy – it’s not.”
Without him, Moyes is left with Arthur Masuaku as his only option, with academy gem Ben Johnson also out through injury, but the 28-year-old isn’t as reliable as the Englishman, having failed to start more than 12 league games in any season since 2019/20.
With doubts still lingering over the availability of Cresswell, many around east London should remain concerned heading into tonight’s crucial fixture.