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Met Police officers will be on duty inside the London Stadium for the first time for West Ham's EFL Cup match against Chelsea on Wednesday, according to a police spokesperson. A temporary 'Airwave' radio communications system has now been installed inside the London Stadium, although Vinci Concessions who run the match day events are yet to confirm details on exactly where officers will be deployed.
West Ham United's stuttering start to this season could hardly be compared to last season, such has been the difference. Last season Slaven Billic and his team were riding high having beaten Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool away from home, two defeats at home to eventual Barclays Premier League winners Leicester City and newly promoted Bournemouth were obscured due to the positivity created by the victories over the 'big' teams.
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If Simone Zaza had been banging goals in since his arrival at West Ham on loan from Juventus, the move would not have received anywhere near the amount of intense scrutiny it has, and if Hammers weren't hovering dangerously within the relegation zone of the Barclays Premier League his lack of form would not necessarily be a huge topic.
Gokhan Tore's loan move from Besiktas to West Ham has been fraught with difficulties and niggling injuries, so news that the 24 year old has suffered a quadriceps muscle problem and won’t be back for at least next month shouldn't really be that much of a surprise.
Ecuador international Enner Valencia has broken his silence over controversy regarding alleged unpaid child support to protect the "image of my family and myself." The Hammers striker, on loan to Everton, was very publicly accused of failing to pay a significant sum to his former partner, Sinthyia Pinargote Chumo, for the care of their daughter Beira. Valencia was chased by police after he left the pitch on a stretcher during Ecuador's 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Chile last week, although the warrant for his arrest has since been rescinded.
In a major newsfeed poll, 77% of viewers believe and hope Gareth Southgate will hand Michail Antonio his first England start, the former Nottingham Forest winger has been challenged to maintain his performances by manager Slaven Bilic after scoring five goals in seven Premier League games.
Dimitri Payet continued his run of spectacular goals with a stunning strike that helped France beat Bulgaria 4 - 1 in their World Cup qualifying group game. Payet's 30 yard pile driver helped France to a convincing win which sees them equal top of their group. It could be argued that his attempt was a pass that went wrong, well he earns the right to be so wrong and still score!
Tuesday 4 October…10:02….Bright, bracing, blue sky with bubble clouds. The summer’s last hurrah, the impending gloom of winter with one foot in the door…