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Pépé caps a lightning revival to give Freddie Ljungberg glimmer of hope | Nick Ames

Forward scored vital goal against West Ham when Arsenal’s frontline offered a glimpse of stand-in manager’s visionOne flourish of the left foot and, for a few days at least, everything else could be forgotten. Nicolas Pépé’s adaptation to the Premier L…

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Kurt Zouma and Bernard punish sloppy West Ham as Everton ease to victory

Everton’s claim to be best of the rest no longer looks far-fetched. They have moved to a point from seventh place and, even if it takes some energy to afford the battle for that spot too much hype, this convincing victory should be taken for what it wa…

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Declan Rice and Mark Noble lead West Ham to easy win over Newcastle

West Ham’s supporters came in homage to Billy Bonds, around 20,000 of them taking their seats in the stand that was named after him in a stirring ceremony before kick-off. They left basking in the most routine of victories and enjoying an apposite remi…

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West Ham’s David Moyes spares a thought for displaced Joe Hart

• England goalkeeper has lost his starting place to Adrián• Moyes savours first win since taking charge at London StadiumDavid Moyes has admitted that his “compassion” for Joe Hart’s position as England No1 made it difficult to leave the West Ham Unite…

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Antonio Conte concedes title after Chelsea’s bubble burst by West Ham

• Manager says champions out of Premier League running after 1-0 away defeat• ‘We created chances, but didn’t take them. Players were tired,’ adds ConteAntonio Conte conceded that Chelsea’s title defence “never started” and a lack of consistency h…

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West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic sinks Chelsea to delight of David Moyes

It might not be the most popular view but a performance like this suggests that, for West Ham United, David Moyes is the right man at exactly the right time. Three points against a Chelsea side in such convincing form were as invaluable as they were un…

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Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives Marcus Rashford a tutorial | Nick Ames

Ibrahimovic achieves statistic of 19 Premier League starts, 13 Premier League goals, showing teenage team-mate how it is done against West Ham

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contribution was the garnish rather than the main course but compared with the kind of nourishment he had proposed for some onlookers earlier in the week, it still went down rather well. His had been a supporting part in a Manchester United performance that offered little more than fits and spurts before the game-changing introductions of Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata that terminally stretched West Ham United, but the 35-year-old Swede possesses a knack of having the last word at will. His first goal of 2017 showed once more that time’s passage means little when a showman is doing as he always has.

It is more of a surprise when Ibrahimovic does not raise the eyebrows but he still wrong-footed a few when, on the eve of this fixture, he announced a gift for malapropism. “Like always, I make them eat their balls” was his verdict on the way in which he has silenced any critics over the past five months and if that brought some rather awkward contortions to mind it was a reminder – were one needed – that the Swede has displayed some remarkable elasticity of his own.

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Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives Marcus Rashford a tutorial | Nick Ames

Ibrahimovic achieves statistic of 19 Premier League starts, 13 Premier League goals, showing teenage team-mate how it is done against West Ham

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contribution was the garnish rather than the main course but compared with the kind of nourishment he had proposed for some onlookers earlier in the week, it still went down rather well. His had been a supporting part in a Manchester United performance that offered little more than fits and spurts before the game-changing introductions of Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata that terminally stretched West Ham United, but the 35-year-old Swede possesses a knack of having the last word at will. His first goal of 2017 showed once more that time’s passage means little when a showman is doing as he always has.

It is more of a surprise when Ibrahimovic does not raise the eyebrows but he still wrong-footed a few when, on the eve of this fixture, he announced a gift for malapropism. “Like always, I make them eat their balls” was his verdict on the way in which he has silenced any critics over the past five months and if that brought some rather awkward contortions to mind it was a reminder – were one needed – that the Swede has displayed some remarkable elasticity of his own.

Continue reading…