West Ham 23-year-old issues rallying cry ahead of Watford clash
By Amir Mir
Arthur Masuaku has issued a rallying cry to his West Ham teammates and urged them to gain “revenge” against Watford on Saturday evening.
The Hornets inflicted a 4-2 defeat on the Hammers earlier on in the campaign as Slaven Bilic’s side struggled to adapt to their new stadium.
Walter Mazzarri had seen his team go 2-0 down after 33 minutes during that match, but a spirited fightback saw the away team claim all three points.
West Ham have since moved away from that relegation form, but their troubles at the London stadium continue.
Left-back Masuaku, 23, played the full match during the reverse fixture as he had this message ahead of the weekend encounter.
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“We should have killed the game off,” Masuaku told the Premier League’s official website. “I remember the game and we played so well in the first 40 minutes. We want to get revenge.”
Since that match, Masuaku has only completed 167 minutes of Premier League football as he has been struggling with a knee injury.
He last appeared for the club in early-December when Arsenal beat their London rivals 5-1 in their own back yard.
Summer signing Masuaku has played nine Premier League, Europa League qualifiers and EFL Cup games for the club.
He has kept two clean sheets during that time, conceding 23 goals in the other matches as he hopes to add quality to the Hammers struggling defensive line.
During his absence, Aaron Creswell, who was the regular full-back last term, has played on the left-hand side of defence.
Furthermore, Bilic has bolstered his defensive line during the January transfer window by adding Euro 2016 winner Jose Fonte to the heart of the club’s defence.
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