Early West Ham team news: Two attacker recalls, fans will be over the moon - report
By Harry Sykes
Michail Antonio is back in the West Ham starting XI for their Premier League clash against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, according to a report.
Sports site Football London claims that leading scorer Antonio is recalled as manager Slaven Bilic makes three changes to the West Ham side that lost 2-1 against Hull on Saturday.
It is said that striker Diafra Sakho is also in the matchday 18 after being sidelined since November with a serious back injury.
It is the return of Antonio that will fill West Ham fans with hope following a run of four consecutive defeats, given his talismanic status and place at the top of the club’s scoring charts this season with nine league goals, two more than Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini.
The attacking midfielder picked up a hamstring problem against Leicester last month but has been back in training this week and is deemed fit enough to be included from the off.
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It mean he would have been absent for just a single match, as two weeks of his spell on the sidelines coincided with the international break.
Captain Mark Noble also comes back in centre midfield, replacing Sofiane Feghouli after missing the last two games, while Arthur Masuaku comes in for the injured Aaron Cresswell.
West Ham team: Randolph; Byram, Collins, Fonte, Masuaku; Kouyate, Noble; Antonio, Lanzini Ayew; Carroll.
In other West Ham team news, the club have reached a striker agreement and have settled the fee.