Arthur Masuaku

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Arthur Masuaku
Arthur Masuaku with West Ham.jpg
Arthur Masuaku with West Ham United in 2016
Personal information
Full name Fuka-Arthur Masuaku Kawela[1]
Date of birth (1993-11-07) 7 November 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Lille, France[2]
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[3]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 26
Youth career
2001–2003 Lille OM.S. Fives
2003–2008 RC Lens
2008–2013 Valenciennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Valenciennes 27 (1)
2014–2016 Olympiacos 51 (1)
2016– West Ham United 53 (0)
National team
2011 France U18 3 (0)
2011 France U19 2 (0)
2018– DR Congo 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:04, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:07, 14 October 2018 (UTC)

Fuka-Arthur Masuaku Kawela (born 7 November 1993), known as Arthur Masuaku, is a French-born Congolese professional footballer who plays for English club West Ham United and the DR Congo national team as a wing-back or left back. He began his senior career with Valenciennes, and has also played for Olympiacos. He has represented France at youth level.

Club career[edit]

Valenciennes[edit]

Masuaku came through the youth system of Valenciennes. He made his Ligue 1 debut on the opening game of the 2013–14 season on 10 August 2013 against Toulouse. He was substituted after 75 minutes for Tongo Doumbia.[4] On 29 January 2014 Masuaku scored his first competitive goal for Valenciennes in a 2–1 away defeat against Marseille.[5]

Olympiacos[edit]

In July 2014, Masuaku signed for Olympiacos.[6][7] He made his Superleague debut against Niki Volos, and in his third league match he provided two assists against OFI Crete in a 3–0 home win.[8] Three days later he made his debut and scored in the UEFA Champions League competition against Atlético Madrid in a 3–2 home win.[9]

In April and May 2015, interest from Roma, Internazionale and Juventus was reported.[10][11] His agent, Roger Henrotay, however stated a renewal of Masuaku's contract was on the cards.[12] In July, a reported €4 million offer for Masuaku including former Olympiacos midfielder Giannis Fetfatzidis from Genoa was rejected by the club.[13]

West Ham United[edit]

On 8 August 2016, Masuaku joined West Ham United on a four-year contract for a £6.2 million fee.[14][15] He made his West Ham debut in a 2-1 away defeat to Chelsea on 15 August 2016. Masuaku admitted that he found his Premier League debut very tough due to the pace and physicality of the league.[16] He scored his first goal for West Ham in an EFL Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers on 19 September 2017.[17]

In the FA Cup fourth round game against Wigan Athletic on 27 January 2018 Masuaku was sent off for spitting at Wigan's Nick Powell following a challenge.[18] It was the first sending-off of Masuaku's career. Musuaku apologised for the sending off, saying the incident was "totally unacceptable and out of character".[19] He received a six match ban for the offence.[20]

International career[edit]

Having represented France at under-18 and under-19 level,[2] Masuaku switched his allegiance to DR Congo in June 2017.[21][22] In August 2017, he was called into his first DR Congo squad, for two 2018 World Cup qualification games against Tunisia.[23] In March 2018, still yet to make his international debut, Masuaku travelled with the DR Congo squad for a friendly against Tanzania. He was one of four players to drop out before the game, amidst claims of organisational problems and travel disorder, and did not appear.[24] He made his debut on 13 October 2018, starting in a 1–2 home loss against Zimbabwe in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 December 2018[3]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valenciennes 2012–13 Ligue 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14 Ligue 1 27 1 0 0 1 0 28 1
Total 27 1 1 0 1 0 29 1
Olympiacos 2014–15 Superleague Greece 27 0 5 0 8[a] 1 40 1
2015–16 Superleague Greece 24 1 2 0 7[a] 0 33 1
2016–17 Superleague Greece 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 1 0
Total 51 1 7 0 0 0 16 1 74 2
West Ham United 2016–17 Premier League 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
2017–18 Premier League 27 0 3 0 3 1 33 1
2018–19 Premier League 13 0 0 0 2 0 15 0
Total 53 0 3 0 7 1 0 0 63 1
Career total 131 2 11 0 8 1 16 1 165 4

Honours[edit]

Olympiacos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Arthur Masuaku". Fédération Française de Football. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "A. Masuaku". Soccerway. Perform Group.
  4. ^ "Valenciennes–Toulouse: 3–0". 10 August 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Marseille–Valenciennes: 2–1". 29 January 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  6. ^ Παίκτης του Ολυμπιακού ο Μαζουακού (in Greek). Olympiacos.org. 22 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Info FM : Masuaku s'engage avec l'Olympiacos!" [Info FM: Masuaku signs for Olympiacos] (in French). Footmercato.net. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Ολυμπιακός–ΟΦΗ 3-0". Sport24. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Olympiakos gain surprise win over 2014 beaten finalists Atlético Madrid". The Guardian. 16 September 2014. Archived from the original on September 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "Masuaku in Roma shortlist". www.sdna.gr. 8 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Inter enquire for Masuaku". www.football-italia.net. 29 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Masuaku set for new Olympiakos contract". www.sdna.gr. 16 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Genoa su Masuaku: la trattativa". www.calciomercato.com. 15 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Hammers acquire Arthur". West Ham United F.C. 8 August 2014. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  15. ^ Lustig, Nick (8 August 2016). "West Ham sign Arthur Masuaku from Olympiacos". Sky Sports. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Masuaku - This is a big week for the Club". West Ham United F.C. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  17. ^ "West Ham 3-0 Bolton". BBC. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Wigan Athletic 2-0 West Ham United". BBC Sport. 27 January 2018.
  19. ^ "West Ham: Arthur Masuaku apologises for spitting in FA Cup defeat". BBC Sport. 28 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Arthur Masuaku: West Ham defender gets six-game ban for spitting". BBC Sport. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  21. ^ "West Ham: Arthur Masuaku peut jouer avec la RDC — FOOT.CD". foot.cd. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  22. ^ "CAN 2019 : la liste de la RDC contre le Congo". Afrik-foot.com. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Masuaku receives first DR Congo call-up". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  24. ^ Benge, James (26 March 2018). "Masuaku leaves DR Congo squad early amid travel frustration claims". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  25. ^ "Masuaku makes DR Congo bow in Zimbabwe defeat - West Ham United". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 14 October 2018.

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