David Moyes is facing calls from some fans to drop Michail Antonio against Arsenal in favour of a new look West Ham front line.
The powerful forward has not scored since netting the winner against Spurs back in October.
And Antonio’s drought continued against Burnley as he struggled once again.
West Ham have only won once in their last five Premier League games since the November international break.
Much of Moyes’s problems boil down to the loss of form of his only striker Antonio.
Speaking ahead of the Arsenal game Moyes has also backed the converted winger to come good again soon (whufc.com).
David Moyes faces calls to drop Michail Antonio against Arsenal in new look West Ham front line
But some West Ham fans have been calling for Antonio to be taken out of the side.
Being the only recognised senior forward at West Ham, the first question that springs to mind is – who would replace him?
Well some West Ham fans want to see a new look attack for the Hammers at Arsenal with Jarrod Bowen spearheading it.
And debate raged with many agreeing with the idea.
With Manuel Lanzini having played his way into the side of late, fan favourite Pablo Fornals has found himself on the bench.
And some fans feel moving Bowen up top would allow the Spaniard to come back in and form a more fluid, technical and interchangeable forward line-up.
It would see Lanzini in midfield alongside Rice and Tomas Soucek with Fornals and Said Benrahma behind Bowen.
Antonio could then feel his way back into form slowly but surely as an impact sub.
Not everyone would agree with those fans calling for Antonio to be rested.
They feel he will catch fire again and get back to his best. And where better to do that than against Arsenal at the Emirates.
Regardless of what any of us fans think, it seems pretty clear Moyes is going to start Antonio at Arsenal if his pre-match presser comments are anything to go by.
Moyes is right to point out that the powerhouse makes West Ham tick when he is on form.
And he has earned the right to play his way out of his current funk with what he has done for the club since switching to a number nine 18 months ago.
Quite simply when you are gunning to keep your place in the top four you don’t drop your only legitimate striker.