Date: 17th September 2018 at 7:25am
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Yesterday, at Goodison Park, as the Hammers finally got that elusive first win of the season, there was a moment of controversy that could have had ramifications.

It came when it was decided that Marko Arnautovic was unable to continue after the Austrian picked up an injury minutes after netting the crucial third goal.

With a change urgently needed, Manuel Pellegrini chose to introduce Michail Antonio.

However, the Sky Sports broadcast team suggested that Antonio wasn’t the first choice to replace our star striker.

They suggested that Pellegrini had wanted to bring on Lucas Perez but that the Spanish forward had refused to warm-up.

Naturally, on the back of such an inference, the social media was alive with supporters outraged at Perez’s supposed actions with some calling for the 30-year-old to be sacked.

But, it turns out that Sky Sports had got their assumption completely wrong.

Talking to the media afterwards and as reported by the Evening Standard, that wasn’t the case, with Pellegrini remarking:

“I called Lucas to get ready to play, but Antonio was already ready so played as I needed to make the change. I don’t have any problem with the player.”

Right, now that’s cleared up can we all move on and concentrate on making it two wins on the trot with a win over Chelsea next weekend!

 

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