West Ham man Arthur Masuaku shares why he's relishing battle with teammate Aaron Cresswell

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04, Junior Hoilett of Cardiff City FC and Arthur Masuaku of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Cardiff City FC...

The West Ham United pair are battling it out for the left-back starting spot under Manuel Pellegrini.

Arthur Masuaku arrives at the stadium ahead the friendly match between West Ham United and SCO Angers on August 3, 2018 in Grodig, Austria.

West Ham left-back Arthur Masuaku spoke to reporters yesterday, and highlighted how the competition between himself and Aaron Cresswell can only be a good thing for his club, as quoted by Football.London.

The 25-year-old joined the Hammers from Olympiacos in the summer of 2016, for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £6 million, and he has gone on to make 61 appearances in all competitions.

The Congolese ace is somewhat of a divisive figure at the London Stadium, however.

 

When he has been deployed in a more advanced role, he has impressed, but West Ham fans have criticised his performances when he has operated in the left-back position.

Cresswell, meanwhile, seems to be far more consistent than his teammate, and is undoubtedly a better defender.

Masuaku spoke to reporters about his start to the season, and suggested that the competition he faces from the former Ipswich Town man is very healthy for West Ham, as quoted by Football.London:

West Ham United's French defender Arthur Masuaku walks down the tunnel after being shown is shown a red card by referee Chris Kavanagh (not pictured) during the English FA Cup fourth round...

"I played today and when Aaron plays, I think he's playing well. It's good because I think the coaches have two good left-backs to pick from. We are both fighting to get into the team. We want to both give our best and I will keep trying to give our best."

Next up for West Ham is a home game against Crystal Palace tomorrow, and Masuaku will surely start the match, with Aaron Cresswell out injured for at least another week.

Bournemouth's Simon Francis and West Ham United's Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell square-up in the first half during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United...

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