Andriy Yarmolenko

West Ham too much for defender-troubled Norwich City

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Dominant West Ham United danced past defender-starved Norwich City, keeping Teemu Pukki off the board in a 2-0 win at the London Stadium on Saturday.

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Sebastien Haller scored his third goal in two matches, and Andriy Yarmolenko also scored as West Ham out-attempted the visitors 18-8 and put eight of their shots on target.

Look out for the Irons if Manuel Pellegrini has finally instilled some consistency. Now in fifth, they have a very light schedule over the next 3 months with no back-to-back challenges until late November.

We’ve said it before and been proven silly, but this is another stretch of season which could see West Ham claim the power they so desperately crave in the Premier League.


Three things

  1. Haller gets dirty to score again — The Irons’ French striker seems the real deal, and his contested finish of Arthur Masuaku‘s cross showed why West Ham believes he can be the force to propel it into the Top Six.
  2. Norwich’s depth woes — The Canaries have been beset by injuries at the back, and lost Christoph Zimmermann early in this one. Already a perceived weakness and with PL star Timm Klose out for a while with injury, Daniel Farke‘s Canaries have to hope to outscore teams. That simply won’t happen every week.
  3. The forgotten man delivers — Yarmolenko is a wonderful talent, but the 29-year-old missed plenty of time at Borussia Dortmund in 2017-18 and for West Ham last season. Now healthy (**knocks on wood**) the Ukrainian star can be a big part of West Ham’s hopes.

Man of the Match: Felipe Anderson — Holding onto the ex-Lazio playmaker may be an even better move than signing Haller.


Norwich’s back line has been troubled by injuries, so all big stops feel a victory. Christoph Zimmermann slid to block a dangerous looking effort from Felipe Anderson early in the match.

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He couldn’t stop Haller, although to be fair few have looked capable of that this season. The Frenchman stretched to put Arthur Masuaku’s cross into the goal, another fine finish.

Zimmermann left the game after 36 minutes, and the Canaries were in a bad spot.

Yarmolenko made it a two-goal lead in the 56th minute when he volleyed a deflection into the goal.

West Ham midfielder Yarmolenko out six months after Achilles surgery

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West Ham announced on Monday that midfielder Andriy Yarmolenko would miss around six months after undergoing successful surgery on his Achilles tendon.

Yarmolenko was carried off on a stretcher in the 40th minute of West Ham’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham on Saturday. He appeared to catch his studs in the penalty area turf and went to the ground.

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The Hammers released a statement confirming the surgery was “successful” and that he would miss around six months. That likely leaves Yarmolenko out for the rest of the season, unless he returns for the final month or so.

The 28-year-old Ukranian international joined West Ham this summer from Borussia Dortmund for a reported $23 million, and had just cracked the starting lineup after coming off the bench for the first four matches of the season. He had a brace in a 3-1 win over Everton, but has otherwise struggled to find the back of the net.

Yarmolenko was expected to be a major part of the West Ham squad this season, with a significant amount of top flight and international experience. Yarmolenko has 80 caps for Ukraine, with 36 goals to his name. He is a versatile player, able to play either on the wing or centrally, and his injury will likely mean more minutes for Michail Antonio who has started just one match for West Ham in their last five.

West Ham, Chelsea scoreless in London

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  • Chelsea no longer perfect
  • Blues have most of the ball…
  • But dangerous chances fairly even

Lukasz Fabianski made some solid saves including a terrific stoppage time stop on Ross Barkley, as West Ham United and Chelsea staged a 0-0 draw that betrayed its scoreline at the London Stadium on Sunday.

The draw is Chelsea’s first setback of the season, and leaves them in second. The Blues are two points behind Liverpool and level with Man City.

West Ham remains 17th with four points.

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Manuel Pellegrini‘s decision to counter led to some wide open chances for West Ham when the Irons managed to collect the ball, even without the injured Marko Arnautovic.

Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko found plenty of joy on the wings, and West Ham challenged young Chelsea backstop Kepa Arrizabalaga more than once. Michail Antonio was a change of pace from Arnautovic but certainly up for the role of center forward.

Maurizio Sarri would’ve been frustrated with the lack of danger given his tactical decision to rest Eden Hazard, Mateo Kovacic, and David Luiz at midweek for this very reason. Aside from an N'Golo Kante header, there was little to worry Lukasz Fabianski.

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Alvaro Morata subbed into the game and brought immediate life to the Blues attack, and also raised the question of whether the finish-lacking chance-monger is just snake bit when Fabianski made a terrific 67th minute save with his face.

David Luiz hit a free kick to Fabianski at one end, and Yarmolenko couldn’t get on the end of Robert Snodgrass‘ inviting cross at the other.

Barkley curled a pretty effort toward goal in stoppage time, but Fabianski got low to slap the effort wide of the frame.

West Ham stops the rot at Everton

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  • West Ham nabs first win
  • Yarmolenko with brace
  • Two assists for Arnautovic
  • Obiang shines

Andriy Yarmolenko‘s first half brace was enough as West Ham earned Manuel Pellegrini the first PL win of his tenure with a 3-1 defeat of previously unbeaten Everton at Goodison Park.

The three wins boost the Irons out of the Bottom Three, sending Huddersfield Town to join Newcastle United and Burnley.

Everton is 10th, with six points.

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Everton controlled the early stages, but the start of the second stanza belonged to West Ham on the counter. Pedro Obiang and Marko Arnautovic provided pretty interplay before the Austrian laid off for Yarmolenko to finish.

The Toffees nearly found an answer via a classy connection in the 25th minute, with Lucas Digne dancing down the left to cross for Cenk Tosun. The Turkish striker’s header was stopped by Lukasz Fabianski.

Arthur Masuaku‘s leaping challenge saw his cleat on top of Tosun’s head, but it was somehow just a yellow to the West Ham man.

A lively first half was capped by Sigurdsson’s picturesque header in stoppage time, as Everton came within one.

The next goal came from West Ham, and it was a deserved one for the industrious Arnautovic. Obiang was again provider, and the goal flew in the face of near relentless, urgent attack from the hosts.

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West Ham sign Andriy Yarmolenko

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West Ham’s impressive rebuild under Manuel Pellegrini continues.

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Ukrainian star Andriy Yarmolenko is the latest to join Pellegrini’s revolution at the London Stadium, with the striker arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth $23.1 million and signing a four-year contract.

Yarmolenko, 28, has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and he arrives after just one season with Dortmund in the Bundesliga. He scored six times in 26 games in all competitions for the German giants in 2017/18 before heading to the Hammers.

He previously spent his entire career with Dynamo Kiev, scoring 137 goals in 341 games despite playing as a wide forward for most of his career. He also has 35 goals in 77 games for Ukraine.

Speaking about his move to east London, Yarmolenko had the following to say.

“Of course, I am very happy to sign for West Ham United. West Ham is a big club with good fans and I am happy to come to play in the Premier League,” Yarmolenko said. “The Premier League is the best league in the world and I know that an interesting project is being built here at West Ham. The team wants to achieve high things and I am excited for this challenge.”

Yarmolenko alongside Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll certainly gives West Ham plenty of attacking options, even if Manuel Lanzini will miss a big chunk of the season through injury and Michail Antonio is rumored to be on his way out.

Pellegrini has already added Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks this summer to significantly strengthen West Ham’s squad ahead of his first season in charge. Arnautovic and Yarmolenko seem particularly well-suited to playing with each other, as both love to surge forward with powerful runs and can finish when given an opportunity.

This is what West Ham’s fans can expect to see from Yarmolenko, who loves to cut inside from either flank and can also be deployed centrally.