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Declan Rice’s sweet finish for his first West Ham goal downs wasteful Arsenal

After all the fuss over Marko Arnautovic’s future, the limelight belonged to a local lad who places his love of the game above the riches that are surely going to come his way. The script seemed to demand an audacious performance from Arnautovic but in…

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Marko Arnautovic injury casts cloud on West Ham’s win over Birmingham

West Ham’s path into the fourth round of the FA Cup was far from straightforward. Manuel Pellegrini’s side were made to sweat at times by Birmingham and although they were professional enough to avoid an embarrassing exit, they could have done without …

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Felipe Anderson wonder-goal seals West Ham comeback over Crystal Palace

West Ham’s bid to become the Premier League’s maverick force is gathering powerful momentum. Any attempt to make sense of their wild inconsistency feels futile at the moment, with the sense of disorder summed up by the sight of Manuel Pellegrini strugg…

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West Ham’s Lucas Pérez takes advantage after Cardiff fluff penalty

It was a harsh lesson for Cardiff about the realities of life at this level. Neil Warnock’s side had seen Lukasz Fabianski keep out Joe Ralls’s penalty when the game was goalless and in the end they were forced to endure the indignity of West Ham strut…

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Quipping Paul Pogba underlines rift with Mourinho after West Ham defeat | Jacob Steinberg

Midfielder’s words failed to disguise discord at Manchester United after he was substituted in 70th minutePaul Pogba was the last Manchester United player out of the away dressing room at the London Stadium. The Frenchman was smiling and for a tantalis…

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Grady Diangana’s debut double crowns West Ham’s 8-0 rout of Macclesfield

West Ham secured their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after recording their biggest win since 1983 with a ruthless destruction of Macclesfield Town at the London Stadium.Ryan Fredericks, Lucas Pérez and Robert Snodgrass scored their first…

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Adama Traoré strike in injury time earns Wolves victory at West Ham

Deep into stoppage-time, the home areas emptied out. In the away end, however, they were having the time of their lives. Adama Traore had drilled a low shot past Lukasz Fabianski and Wolverhampton Wanderers were on their way to their first league victo…

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Steve Cook header seals Bournemouth comeback win over West Ham

After all the talk of fresh starts, this felt worryingly familiar for West Ham. It was another one of those trying afternoons at the London Stadium and on this evidence it is going to be tougher than Manuel Pellegrini must have anticipated to tackle th…

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Manuel Lanzini double gives West Ham victory over lacklustre Everton

It spoke volumes that the Everton fans did not spring to the defence of their manager when the locals started having fun at Sam Allardyce’s expense. They simply could not be bothered and are unlikely to shed any tears if this limp defeat marks the end …

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West Ham make point and Manchester United confirm second-place finish

This was the kind of lethargic performance that José Mourinho has in mind when he warns that Manchester United will continue to exist in the shadow of their formidable neighbours next season. They are 19 points behind City and although this forgettable…

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West Ham’s routine thrashing exposes weakness in defence and boardroom | Jacob Steinberg

Relegation still a threat as Patrice Evra and his performance against City sum up the Hammers’ deficiencies in the marketIt is difficult to know which statistic should cause the most embarrassment for West Ham. Perhaps the one about this being the 15t…

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Marko Arnautovic double lifts West Ham and sinks Southampton

What a relief it was for the West Ham hierarchy that the only boos at the London Stadium floated out of the away end. There were no pitch invasions, no missiles thrown at the directors’ box. David Gold and David Sullivan were able to keep Sir Trevor Br…

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West Ham chaos as pitch invaders and crowd trouble mars Burnley’s win

West Ham United spiralled deeper into crisis after their 3-0 defeat to Burnley was marred by ugly scenes on and off the pitch as stewards at the London Stadium failed to stop angry supporters from mounting furious protests against the club’s deeply unp…

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Javier Hernández strike sets West Ham on the way to victory over Watford

A semblance of calm has been restored. Instead of directing jeers at the people in the posh seats, the crowd at the London Stadium kept their focus on the pitch throughout, pushing West Ham United to a crucial victory and giving Marko Arnautovic a stan…

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Andy Carroll’s late winner against West Brom lifts West Ham out of drop zone

It was the most dramatic of endings. Most people inside the London Stadium had given up hope of seeing a winning goal and West Ham United were contemplating the disappointment of wasting yet another opportunity against one of their relegation rivals. A…

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Christian Atsu gives Newcastle edge over West Ham in five-goal thriller

For a manager of Rafael Benítez’s pragmatism, it is unlikely that this barmy game fitted into his vision of how football should be played. Sometimes, however, there is nothing better than winning messily and even Benítez could put his control-freakery …

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Cheikhou Kouyaté steadies West Ham ship after Leicester goal threatens mutiny

David Moyes could reflect on his first experience of the London Stadium with a measure of fondness. It was a night of frustration in one sense, bearing in mind that West Ham’s bluntness when they went in search of a late winning goal left them in the b…

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Cheikhou Kouyaté steadies West Ham ship after Leicester goal threatens mutiny

David Moyes could reflect on his first experience of the London Stadium with a measure of fondness. It was a night of frustration in one sense, bearing in mind that West Ham’s bluntness when they went in search of a late winning goal left them in the b…

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Slaven Bilic: ‘I am always strong and I am facing the consequences’

• West Ham manager under intense pressure after 4-1 defeat by Liverpool• Bilic: ‘I believe in myself and my team. I don’t feel a broken man’Slaven Bilic is prepared to face “the situation and the consequences” after West Ham United’s latest capitulatio…

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Liverpool pile pressure on West Ham with Mohamed Salah double

For West Ham, it was another forgettable experience at the London Stadium. Another drubbing in the sprawling new home that was supposed to take this underachieving club to unimaginable heights, another night when the mood in the stands was mutinous at …