West Ham United boss David Moyes says that he had ‘tough words’ with Marko Arnautovic and Arthur Masuaku in order to turn their form around.
The duo have shone in recent weeks during a difficult run of Premier League fixtures after struggling towards the start of their careers in East London.
Before the 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday, Moyes spoke to his pre-match press conference about both players and how he has gone about extracting their best form.
“Arm around the shoulder, some tough words, a little bit of both really,” the Scot said of his interactions with the pair, as reported by Football.London.
“I think ultimately you know, Marko came as a big signing and everybody knows he is a good player, he was at Stoke [City], so we had to make sure we got at least what he showed there with us and if we get more, then even better.”
Arnautovic arrived for big money from the Potters over the summer but was widely criticised by supporters during his first few months at the club.
One of the most notable changes in the last few matches has been his work rate off the ball and he continued that with an energetic performance against Arsenal.
The Austrian netted his first goal for the Hammers in the win over Chelsea at the weekend and was unlucky not to add a second in as many matches when his first-half header was ruled out for a narrow offside.
As for Masuaku, he was arguably the man of the match against the Blues but struggled to exert the same kind of influence on Wednesday night in what was nonetheless a solid display.
The 24-year-old joined the Irons in August 2016 but form and injuries limited his involvement in his first season in England.
Since Moyes’ arrival as manager last month, Masuaku has been increasingly prominent and appears to be thriving in a left wing-back role.
Supporters will be expecting the pair to be at the forefront of the action when West Ham travel to Stoke this weekend.