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Big Sam tips Jenkinson for England 0

Posted on November 08, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce belives that Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson should be given a chance to impress for England as the Three Lions seem to lack quality options at the right-hand side.

The Gunners starlet was handed his England debut back in November 2012, but he has since been relegated to the Under-21 squad and has yet to make his second appearance for the Three Lions.

The lack of regular playing time was obviously one of the main reasons why he has been overlooked by Roy Hodgson, but having kick-started his career while on loan at West Ham, Jenkinson could soon return into international reckoning.

Could Arsene Wenger take tactical tips from Sam Allardyce this season? 1

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With how well West Ham United have started the campaign with a completely different system under manager Sam Allardyce, could Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger learn from the Englishman in regard to how tactically flexible he’s been to pick up results?

Arsenal recently drew 2-2 at home to Hull City, which was the Gunners’ third game in a row that they have dropped points, and meant they’ve amassed just one victory from their last seven games. Wenger has rotated from just two tactics all season – a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-1-4-1. He’s been reticent to play two attackers from any game, due to fear of losing the ball in the middle of the park, despite having central midfield players boasting high levels of ball retention.

Thomas Vermaelen wanted by West Ham 0

Posted on January 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is reportedly keen on out of-favour Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.

Vermaelen, 28, has only made one league appearance for the Gunners in the last month, and it’s rumoured that he could move to a side willing to give him regular first team football.

However, should the Belgian leave Arsenal, Arsene Wenger’s men will be left with just two natural centre-backs, while right back Bacary Sagna can play a central role if required. Hardly viable cover if either of the central defence pair sustain injury, so it’s unlikely any offers will be entertained.

Are West Ham really anything for Arsenal to fear? 0

Posted on December 25, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal make the short trip to face West Ham on Boxing Day with the chance to reclaim their top spot in the table. While the match previews would suggest it will be a difficult task for the Gunners to get all three points, are West Ham really a side to fear of late?

Just one place and one point above the relegation zone, Sam Allardyce’s men just can’t score goals frequently enough this season – with the side having failed to score in nine of their 17 league outings. Winning a meagre three games this season just isn’t enough return after last season’s impressive maiden campaign for the Hammers following promotion from the Championship in 2012 – where they finished in 10th place.



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