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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Transfer rumor roundup: Schurrle to Fulham, Mignolet for $15m

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Fulham is bringing a familiar name back to London, according to reports.

Andre Schurrle turns 28 this season, and has traveled a bit since leaving Chelsea in 2015.

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Most recently, Schurrle scored eight times in 51 matches for Borussia Dortmund, and netted 12 times in a season and a half at Wolfsburg.

Sky Sports says Schurrle has left Dortmund’s American tour to undergo a medical at Fulham.

West Ham may be selling Pedro Obiang with an eye toward a Premier League replacement.

Obiang, 26, has made 67 league appearances in three seasons with the Hammers, but is wanted by Serie A side Sampdoria.

If he skips town, West Ham would like to replace him with Mario Lemina.

The Southampton midfielder has disappointed since heading to St. Mary’s from Juventus. Lemina scored a goal and added an assist in 25 matches with Saints last season.

— Fulham took Besiktas’ goalkeeper, and now the Black Eagles are looking to the Premier League for a replacement.

The Cottagers signed Fabri, and Besiktas is ready to spend $15m to give Simon Mignolet a path away from Anfield.

Son after Spurs’ smashing equalizer: “Obiang’s goal was better”

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The festive season finished with a bang, well, bangs, as Pedro Obiang and Heung-Min Son smashed second half stunners in a 1-1 draw between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.

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After saying Spurs were “upset and unlucky” to not leave the match. with all three points, Son turned his attention to the twin screamers.

From the BBC:

“Obiang’s goal was better – the strike was unbelievable. We have the best goalkeeper in the world and he can’t do nothing. It was a great strike. My goal is not important, a beautiful goal or a dirty goal, it doesn’t matter tonight.”

Spurs outshot West Ham 31-3, and Obiang’s goal was the Irons’ first on target effort of the night.

For the 24-year-old Son, one of the more under-appreciated and versatile attackers in a top league, it’s the seventh PL goal of the season. He scored 14 last season, a career-high.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United: Stunners split spoils

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  • Spurs hold 31-3 advantage in shots
  • Obiang hits hammer to for shock WHU lead
  • Son’s vicious answer splits spoils

A festive season which began with a thriller closed its final half hour in wild fashion.

Pedro Obiang and Heung-Min Son scored second half Goal of the Season contenders to give West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur a point each at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.

The point puts Tottenham fifth, three points back of Liverpool, while West Ham moves 15th with 22 points.

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David Moyes had his men stacked at the back and moving well with Spurs’ usually incisive passing game.

An early chance was cleared by West Ham youngster Declan Rice, and a legit scoring opportunity didn’t arrive until the 28th minute when Kane curled a shot toward the far corner that Adrian punched out of the 18.

Serge Aurier headed down for Kane in a superb set-up, but the English striker didn’t shoot first time and touched it out of play.

The last chance of an attack-starved half saw Adrian tip Christian Eriksen‘s deflected shot over goal, as the half finished with Spurs holding an 11-0 disparity in shot attempts.

A sluggish second half broke open for a moment when Javier Hernandez found plenty of green in the 60th minute, only to be closed down by Davinson Sanchez.

Kane had chance after chance, with a couple for Dele Alli thrown in, but whether offside or denied by West Ham’s defense — Pablo Zabaleta and Winston Reid prominently — it was still scoreless in the 70th minute… for Spurs.

That’s because Obiang smashed a shot past Hugo Lloris with incredible pace to give West Ham a very unlikely lead.

And Son turned around with a strike nearly as vicious, his 84th minute rip leveling the score at 1.

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WATCH: Obiang, Son trade near-twin vicious strikes from distance

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Pedro Obiang hit a ball so hard that Mike Dean should check the Spaniard’s boots for foreign materials.

Then Heung-Min Son returned the favor in a manner which should’ve had Dean checking the ball.

West Ham took a 1-0 lead on London rivals Tottenham Hotspur with a 25-yard hammer midway through the second half, before Son sent Spurs level with a strike carrying nearly as much venom.

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