West Ham Defender Rubbishes Comparisons Between 'Beast' Marko Arnautovic & Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Arthur Masuaku

Arthur Masuaku

West Ham are a very hard side to predict, just look at their last two home games for evidence of that; they were abysmal in the 0-3 loss to Burnley, brilliant in the 3-0 win over Southampton.

Andy Carroll stepped off the bench to snatch a dramatic 1-1 draw for West Ham against Stoke in their Premier League clash at the London Stadium on Monday night.

After West Ham's crucial home win over Southampton and a well-earned point at Chelsea, David Moyes's side was in confident mood and could have broken the deadlock after 55 minutes when former Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic directed a powerful header past Butland but was given offside.

With the tempo rising, Arnautovic hit the target with a powerful near-post drive only to find Butland in the way, the England goalkeeper in flawless position to block the effort with his face.

Diouf then missed Stoke's clearest chance, turning a Bauer pullback over the crossbar with a first-time strike that wasted a risky break.

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Stoke City felt they were unlucky in recent defeats by Arsenal and Tottenham, and manager Paul Lambert said they had to get "something" out of this game at London Stadium.

It was happening down the other end too as Ramadan Sobhi picked up a pass from Xherdan Shaqiri that allowed him to have a go at Joe Hart, who covered it well in the end.

West Ham have a lengthy injury list which will see Michail Antonio, Winston Reid, Sam Byram and Pedro Obiang definitely miss the game, whilst Andy Carroll, James Collins, Manuel Lanzini and Aaron Cresswell are all doubts.

The only noteworthy chance for West Ham until that point had fallen to Arnautovic, inside the six-yard area, with a snap shot that struck Jack Butland in the face and flew out for a corner.

The visitors had not won an away game since October, and it desperately showed.

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Monday evening marks one of the most important matches which could, arguably, seal the survival of West Ham United and potentially dent the survival hopes of struggling Stoke City.

And the English official had to disallow another West Ham goal, Arnautovic in an offside position as he obstructed the view of Butland when the goalkeeper was beaten by Edimilson Fernandes' drive.

Those vital four points have moved the Hammers six points above the drop zone, and a win on Monday night will move them up to 12th in the table and nearly guarantee their Premier League status for next season.

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