West Ham United have been hit by a new injury blow and David Moyes has a decision to make.
West Ham take on Arsenal tomorrow knowing a win can move them level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea with nine games to go.
After missing last week’s defeat to parent club Manchester United, Jesse Lingard is back to boost West Ham against an improving Arsenal side.
Hammers without Fornals for Arsenal says Moyes
Pablo Fornals was also a big miss for West Ham in last week’s game.
The Spaniard was expected back for the Gunners clash. But Moyes revealed in his pre-match press conference that Fornals is unlikely to play.
West Ham are expected to revert to a back four for the visit of Mikel Arteta’s side.
And that will surely mean a place in the starting XI for Said Benrahma in Fornals’s absence?
Moyes has taken firm approach to managing Benrahma
That hasn’t always been the case, though, and many West Ham fans will be fearing that Moyes will start Mark Noble again.
The Hammers have picked up just one point from 12 in the four games Noble has started this season.
Many supporters feel Moyes has been harsh on the Algerian.
Fans felt Benrahma had a good game on his last start – the 2-0 win over Leeds.
Moyes and Benrahma have to find a way to make it work, starting against Arsenal
But he was substituted with 20 minutes to go and criticised by Moyes after the game (Football.London).
West Ham were much improved in an attacking sense when Benrahma came on against Man United.
Moyes will surely start him with Fornals out.
If he doesn’t it will say a lot about Benrahma’s standing in the Scot’s eyes.
Many fear he is becoming the new Wilfried Zaha for Moyes.
After costing West Ham in excess of £25 million, the duo have to find a way to make it work.