Perez Punted And Arnie's Barney With Pellegrini Dispelled

There was a 'touch of the Di Canio' when Hammer's manager Manuel Pellegrini decided to 'hook' Marko Arnoutovic just a few minutes in to the cup tie against Birmingham City at the London Stadium. 'Arnie' had scored within two minutes but then fell quite heavily, when he got back to his feet he did the usual Arnoutovic grimace, he always looks as if he is carrying a knock! In this instance, whether he was crying wolf or not, Arnie found himself being 'hauled off' by his manager, who obviously had the slight matter of a crucial home game against Arsenal in a week's time on his mind.

Despite looking as if he was up for a strop, the Hammers hit man was given short shrift by the vastly experienced Pellegrini and soon settled down, although he did cast a few menacing glances in the direction of the medical team for a while. Interestingly Andy Carroll was chosen as Arnoutovic's replacement ahead of Lucas Pere,z which has led many to conclude that the Spaniard is being lined up for an exit, even though he has only recently signed a three year contract at the London Stadium.

Perez joined Arsenal for £17m from Deportivo La Coruna in 2016, but was shipped back to his former club on loan for the 2017/18 season before signing for the Irons this summer, Real Betis are one of a number of Spanish clubs keen on taking Perez back to Europe in January but because of FFP would only be able to offer a loan move. Perez's move was supposed to be a fresh start for a player woefully mistreated under the 'Wenger' regime he has scored four goals in 13 appearances with two of them coming in the Premier League in the one game against Cardiff City in November. Hammers are highly unlikely to sanction a loan deal unless they can bring in 'another body', that option might not be as hard as it first seems due to the emergence and availability of Xande Silva, who made his first senior start for the club in the FA Cup win over Birmingham.

Javier Hernandez is also expected to return to training soon after injury, and with Andy Carroll finally fit again, although God knows for how long, Perez could be surplus to requirements if the right offer comes in. Given the way these things tend to go, it would be no surprise if a cash laden Chinese side became part of the bidding process. - Ed



The way el pel laughed off arnies half hearted strop,bit of Chilean banter me - thinks!!

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Burkie 1's picture

I'm of the opinion that any player who publicly fight with the Manager should face club sanction ,,a couple of weeks wages say ,you don't see the big boys arguing the toss with the boss

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

The big boys have big squads, big pockets and can afford the luxury of total support of a manager, the smaller clubs cant afford to lose the big stars. I agree, he deserves a slap but the seasons not over he could still get one! I think hes a great player but a typical sulk in the mold of Nicolas Anelka at Arse, Liverpool and Chelsea. No man is bigger than the club but few managers have the confidence to show authority in the Fergy fashion.

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boogerscaravan's picture

Perez may be a miserable git with a chip on his shoulder, but he's going to have to sit down and shut up and used whenever El Pel decides to. Nobody is leaving no matter how irritating they are.

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