Other than wanting Manchester City to win, West Ham United had little connection to Chelsea’s defeat in the Carabao Cup final.

It was a game that became a huge talking point across world football this week.

West Ham have had their fair share of mavericks over the years. Paolo Di Canio famously sat down on the pitch and demanded to be substituted after being denied a series of clear penalties.

He had to be cajoled to rejoin the play by then Hammers boss Harry Redknapp.

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Di Canio has nothing on Kepa

But on Sunday at Wembley there were scenes the like of which have rarely – if ever – been seen before.

Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga resisted Maurizio Sarri’s attempt to substitute him late in extra time, which left his manager seething on the touchline.

Kepa had twice been treated for cramp and, with the game at 0-0, Sarri was preparing to bring on reserve keeper Willy Caballero in his place before a penalty shootout.

But after some furious finger-wagging and screams of “No, I’m ok,” Sarri was forced to give in.

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Scenes that shocked football

Referee Jonathan Moss ran over to confirm whether Kepa was going off or not. And Sarri, begrudgingly, backed down and then stormed off down the tunnel before quickly returning, leaving Caballero a bemused spectator.

So where do West Ham come in?

 

Well in light of the incident rival fans have been trolling Chelsea remorselessly online. Memes, gifs and photoshopped images have been doing the rounds on WhatsApp groups ever since.

Perhaps one of the best posts, though, came from a Hammers fan.

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Sarri needs a captain like Mark Noble

The supporter took to Twitter with a gif from a hilarious West Ham moment involving captain Mark Noble suggesting it was evidence he would be the perfect signing for Sarri.

Why?

Because it shows the moment Noble physically picked up Kepa’s fellow Spaniard Ander Herrera in a bear hug and carried him 15 yards off the pitch to put a stop to the Manchester United midfielder’s time wasting.

The hilarious moment came in an FA Cup replay between West Ham and the Red Devils back in 2016.

Just what Sarri needs it seems to keep his own troops in order.

All said with tongues firmly in cheeks of course. Not that Sarri would be able to sign homegrown Hammers Noble anyway because Chelsea have been hit with a transfer ban for the next two windows (Sky Sports).

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