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 unexpected; most encouraging of all is that the victory was thoroughly deserved, West Ham scoring early through Marko Arnautovic and then taking their lack of possession on the chin, only suffering sporadic moments of genuine alarm and showing a degree of rigour that had seemed beyond this set of players only a few weeks previously.

The fact that Arnautovic, an expensive summer signing who had failed to score since his arrival from Stoke City, made the decisive contribution may be seen as a success for Moyes, too. Arnautovic was consigned to the bench for Tuesday night’s narrow defeat at Manchester City, a showing whose battling nature now seems to have set the template for West Ham’s effort to escape relegation. Recalled to the starting lineup in a bid for more attacking thrust at home he was excellent here, posing a menace from the off and capitalising on a flat-footed start from Chelsea to score a slickly-worked winner.

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