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The AA: Could Anderson-Arnautovic combination rescue West Ham this season?
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The AA: Could Anderson-Arnautovic combination rescue West Ham this season?

Any success for West Ham this season could hinge on the Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic combination.

West Ham have lost each of their first three Premier League games this season, but the pair have stood out as potential difference-makers.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: West Ham United’s Felipe Anderson during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Anderson, who signed from Lazio for £41.5 million this summer, has impressed across the for games so far.

The Brazilian has showcased good speed and dribbling in the final third so far.

He has also shown a commendable willingness to track back.

And Arnautovic, a £24 million signing from Stoke last summer, has more than proven himself in the Premier League.

A frightening combination?

Together, Anderson and Arnautovic could wreak havoc against opposition defences this season.

The Brazilian played in behind the Austrian against Arsenal last weekend and the combination showed promising signs.

Anderson’s unpredictable nature can draw defenders out of position, which Arnautovic can then exploit.

Although he does get caught offside too often, the 29-year-old usually finds himself breaking through on a couple of occasions.

It’s early days

The combination is very much in its infancy at the moment.

Anderson has only just joined the club, and the pair are surely still familiarising themselves with each other’s games.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 18: West Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic celebrates scoring his side’s first goal with Felipe Anderson during the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

While West Ham may ship goals at the other end, this pairing will only sharpen up around one another.

And when that understanding is fully there, then Premier League defences ought to watch out.