West Ham boss David Moyes has revealed that they are dealing with further injuries ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash at Arsenal…
The Irons make the short trip to the Emirates Stadium later this evening, where they will be looking to bounce back from the weekend’s disappointing 0-0 draw with Burnley, while their place inside the top four is now at risk, especially if the Gunners pick up three points.
And speaking ahead of kick-off, the Hammers boss has claimed that he has a few more injuries.
“I think we’ve got some people who have got injuries,” he told reporters during his pre-game press conference (via the club’s official website).
Of course, he’s not going to say exactly who is doubtful because that would give Mikel Arteta a massive advantage, though Said Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini were the two players to make way in the second half. It remains to be seen whether that was tactical or due to knocks.
Meanwhile, central defender Craig Dawson did miss last week’s final Europa League group game with a problem but he was involved again on Sunday.
Indeed, if Moyes is without further first-team players tonight, then he is having a bit of a nightmare with the bulk of his defensive line on the treatment table.
Both of his first-choice centre-backs, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna, are expected to miss the majority – if not all of – the rest of the 2021/22 season, whilst full-back duo Aaron Cresswell, who has been absent since colliding with the post against Man City, and Ben Johnson have been missing in recent games.
That’s an entire back four absent for Moyes, so if he is claiming that he has further players with injuries, then he must not only be worried but also quite angry as he seemingly cannot catch a break right now.
Ryan Fredericks is another name that has been missing from the matchday squad for several weeks now, only adding to his defensive woes and that ultimately gives the Scot a substantial lack of options ahead of tonight’s encounter.
This will be the Hammers’ fifth game inside two weeks, with another two matches to play before their Boxing Day clash with Southampton at the London Stadium.
The hectic festive fixture list is doing the manager no favours whatsoever, so you can understand if he was a little anxious over the coming days and weeks.