Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Arnautovic earned West Ham a 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
It was the Hammers’ first points of the season and only their fourth ever win away at Everton in the Premier League.
Yarmolenko fired West Ham into a 2-0 lead with well-taken left-footed goals. But the Irons were pegged back on the brink of half-time by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Another West Ham team might have folded. But Arnautovic scored on the counter-attack to send the points back to East London.
However, it was not all good news for Arnautovic as he was subbed off shortly after his goal and this is concerning.
Arnautovic vs. Everton
Arnie was his usual self against Everton. The physical Austrian caused all sorts of problems with his pace, strength and skill up front.
He was pivotal in the build up to the opening goal. Arnautovic played the ball to Pedro Obiang then nipped in behind the defensive line, before squaring it for Yarmolenko to slot in.
And the 29-year-old sealed the points with his second half strike. Arnautovic played a one-two with Obiang and was at full stretch to poke to ball beyond Jordan Pickford.
Unfortunately, Arnautovic was withdrawn shortly after the game. Whether this was precautionary or necessary remains to be seen.
Pellegrini was coy when asked about Arnautovic’s injury after the game.
When quizzed over the seriousness of the injury, Pellegrini said (quotes via Football.London): “We’ll see. It’s behind his left knee, he felt something. Tomorrow we have a recovery day and we will see what happens after that.”
Potential mood dampener
West Ham desperately needed that win to rally the troops. After four consecutive Premier League losses, a big performance was needed at Everton and it came.
Morale will be at a high now and hopefully West Ham can take that confidence into the upcoming games against Chelsea and Manchester United.
But without Arnautovic, West Ham will struggle. He is the talisman and usually the player who gets West Ham out of trouble.
With three goals and an assist to his name this season, the maverick forward’s presence in the team lifts the mood.
If he has suffered a serious injury, then West Ham need someone else to step up and really lift the mood at the club.