West Ham fans make same joke about Alphonse Areola after howler from goalkeeper

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    West Ham supporters are all saying the same thing after Alphonse Areola's howler handed AZ Alkmaar the lead in the first leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final clash.

    Tijjani Reijnders fired the Dutch side ahead just before half-time by rifling one in from the edge of the area. The ball whizzed past the Frenchman's fingers into the bottom corner but he was close enough to it that fans on social media are convinced he ought to have saved it.

    As such the ridicule began flying, the majority of which coming in the form of a (completely original and not at all tiresome) joke about Areola's X-rated-sounding surname.

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    "West Ham goalie Areola made to look a bit of a tit there for that AZ goal! I'll get my coat," one person tweeted.

    "I see Areola's made a tit of himself," commented another. A third said: "Keepers had a shocker there, but tbf, Areola is a bit of a tit."

    "I'm afraid Areola has made a tit of himself there. He has to save that," another added, while a fifth wrote: "Areola's been licked from long-range."

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    Areola, 30, joined West Ham from PSG last summer following a semi-successful loan spell during the previous campaign. He's played 38 times for the club so far, though just six of those have come in the Premier League with the Frenchman playing second-fiddle to Lukasz Fabianski.

    David Moyes has used him as the club's first-choice keeper in European and cup competitions, and with West Ham reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League and Conference League in consecutive seasons, Areola has bagged plenty of game time.

    Prior to his move to the London Stadium, he had loan spells at Fulham, Real Madrid and Villarreal.


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