Arsenal legend David Seaman has singled out West Ham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola for his performance against Manchester City last weekend.
The Frenchman made 10 saves on the day and, speaking on his podcast, Seaman lauded the Hammers’ No.1 for making some outstanding stops:
“I’ve got to give it to [Alphonse] Areola because it’s not save of the week, it’s saves of the week because he had so much to do and so many saves to make. The one that he made from [Erling] Haaland when Haaland did like a little bit of a bicycle kick.”
“I know it looks spectacular but the timing that he’s got to get on that is brilliant. But it was an accumulation of saves, he must have been into double figures. There was one corner where he made three saves within about ten seconds, I was very impressed with him.”
Of course, Areola’s hard work ended up proving fruitless as City went on to win the game 3-1 but his display has justified manager David Moyes’ decision to pick him ahead of Lukasz Fabianski.
Areola is in top form
It wasn’t just against City that the 30-year-old has pulled off some great saves. Since the start of the campaign, he has been consistently excellent, recording the 5th highest save percentage (78.8%) in the Premier League.
Only Fulham’s Bernd Leno (79.4%), Liverpool’s Alisson (81.8%), Tottenham’s Guglielmo Vicario (83.3%) and Brighton’s Jason Steele (83.3%) are ahead of Areola on that metric.
West Ham may need to call upon Areola again this weekend
While Fabianski is likely to take the gloves for the Europa League game against Backa Topola on Thursday, Areola is expected to be in goal when the Irons face Liverpool this weekend.
If Moyes’ men want to get a result at Anfield, they will need their keeper to be at his best to keep their opponents out.