David Gold attempts to clarify Diafra Sakho's situation, report suggests problems

Diafra Sakho wasn't in the West Ham squad to face Arsenal.

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has taken to Twitter to suggest that Diafra Sakho's absence against Arsenal was down to illness, amid recent speculation.

The Hammers played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, with striker Andy Carroll smashing a superb hat-trick - but one striker who wasn't involved was Diafra Sakho.

Other strikers Enner Valencia and Emmanuel Emenike were both named on the bench, but Sakho was notable by his absence at Upton Park.

The 26-year-old Senegal international has hit four goals in 16 Premier League games this season, and having recently notched a goal and an assist against Everton, fans wondered just why Sakho had been left out of the squad altogether.

Intriguingly, the Daily Mail claim that Sakho was angry during training on Friday when he was told that he wouldn't be in the squad to face Arsenal, and left training frustrated.

Fans then asked co-chairman Gold whether that story was true, and he attempted to diffuse the situation by explaining Sakho's absence.

Gold suggested that Sakho simply didn't feel well, and will be okay to play in the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Manchester United in midweek - but fans will no doubt still be wondering whether those reports, which suggest problems between Sakho and West Ham, are true.

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