Over the past few weeks, West Ham fans have been torn over who to start as the centre-forward: Javier Hernandez or Marko Arnautovic.
After Arnautovic tried to force a move to China in the January transfer window, Manuel Pellegrini has made a point and dropped him to the bench.
The Austrian had not started a game since his January transfer saga, with Javier Hernandez preferred in the striker role.
But after the Mexican struggled against a physical Cardiff City side in last weekend’s 2-0 loss, he was benched with Arnautovic recalled against Huddersfield Town.
The debate rumbled on but the Huddersfield game could have offered some clarity in this selection dilemma.
While Arnautovic struggled to make an impact, Hernandez came off the bench to save West Ham and inspire a dramatic comeback.
Chicharito did what he does best; popping up in the box twice to score from close range and turn the game on its head.
After the game, West Ham fans returned to the Arnautovic vs. Chicharito debate but this time, there was a clear winner. Here are some things that were said.
Our Current Best Strikers in Order
— Jon Hewitt ⚒ (@Jonhewitt1980) March 16, 2019
Well deserved and fantastic play, game came to life when he came on, he should have started ahead of Arnie who clearly still hasn’t his head in the game or club!!! @CH14_ best player by miles, him and Anderson n lanzini.. power houses
— helen shuttleworth (@hshuttleworth) March 16, 2019
I said he was our best forward and finisher and good abused. Chicha proving them wrong
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) March 16, 2019
Never start arnautovic again.
— alex (@alex_cvb) March 16, 2019
Never play Arnie again. Send him home.
— Mitzy (@MitzyRosenkrant) March 16, 2019
Is Xande fit? Honestly rather see him come off the bench than Arnie. At least he’d be hungry and keen to play.
— russell (@russjmcdonald) March 17, 2019
It was clear for all to see that we played better as a TEAM once Arnautovic went off. The overall work ethic and team ethos lifted 100%. He stinks the place out and personally can’t wait to see the back of him.
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) March 16, 2019
Things learned today:
Balbuena > Ogbonna
4-4-2 > 4-3-3
Chicharito > Arnie
Lucas Perez and Nasri are underrated
— David – Futbol Tactics (@davidjacksxn) March 16, 2019