LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08:  General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium on December 8, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

7 of West Ham's Best Moments in 2018

West Ham have had a slightly erratic calendar year to say the least. There have been highs and lows, individual bits of brilliance and horror shows that some players will be desperate to forget.

The Hammers finished last season in 13th after battling with the threat of relegation for the last few months, and looked to be in trouble at the start of this season following four consecutive defeats. However, their season has turned around in December with four wins in a row, and the Irons are set to make a push for the European spots as 2019 approaches.

Here's a recap of some of their highlights from 2018:

7. Pedro Obiang's Thunderbolt - January 4th

A Premier League tie away to rivals Tottenham greeted West Ham for their second game of 2018. With the game looking to end 0-0 after 60 minutes, midfielder Pedro Obiang took it upon himself to break the deadlock with one of the goals of the season.

Obiang received the ball from Arthur Masuaku near the touchline, cut inside and unleashed a 30-yard shot that flew like an arrow into Hugo Lloris' upper right hand corner. Obiang's stunning strike won West Ham's goal of the season, and was nominated as a contender for Premier League goal of the season. The midfielder missed out as the award went to Southampton's Sofiane Boufal in the end. 

6. Mark Noble's New Contract - December 12th

Mark Noble, or as he is known by many West Ham fans, Mr. West Ham, recently signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2021. Noble is the epitome of what it means to play for West Ham, and is a leader in the dressing room and on the pitch.

Noble has enjoyed a new lease of life under Pellegrini and looks like he still has plenty left to offer the team in central midfield. The midfielder has been at the club his whole career and has amassed 447 competitive appearances for the Hammers. 

A local boy, Noble was born in Canning Town in east London, has been a West Ham fan his whole life. He has maintained he has always wanted to stay at the club.

5. Hammer of the Year Marko Arnautovic - April 25th

Marko Arnautovic has had an impressive turnaround in form since he has been used as a central striker. He signed for the club in the summer of 2017, but had a poor few months at the start of his West Ham career. 

However, since the arrival of David Moyes at the end of 2017, Arnautovic was, and has continued to be used as a central striker. He really hit the ground running in his new position and scored ten Premier League goals, adding five assists in the latter part of last season. 

He was named Hammer of the Year at the end of last season following his impressive performances in the second half of the season. The Austrian has since continued his form into this campaign, adding five goals and two assists in the league to take his 2018 calendar year total to 15 goals and seven assists.

4. Manuel Pellegrini's Appointment - May 22nd

West Ham made a big step up this summer after appointing a head coach with an exceptional CV. Manuel Pellegrini, who was a Premier League winner with Manchester City, brought with him the calibre required to push the Hammers towards a European place. 

Pellegrini had a slow start, with the squad having to adjust to his new regime, but the system seems to be in place now, with West Ham playing exciting, attacking football. Fans will be delighted with the brand of football the Irons are playing, and hope that Pellegrini is the man who can take them to a potential European place come next summer.

3. Felipe Anderson's Premier League Arrival Against Burnley - July 15th

West Ham broke their record transfer fee this summer, bringing Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson to London from Lazio for £33.5m (plus add ons). The Brazilian had a slow start to life in England, but announced himself as a top player recently with a Man of the Match performance against Burnley.

He scored twice and assisted a third as West Ham came out comfortable 4-2 winners against Sean Dyche's men.

The midfielder has five goals and two assists in his last seven games, and has been at the heart of West Ham's attacking play this season. His pace, quick feet, vision and passing, and intelligent link-up play with his fellow attackers make him a troublesome player to defend.  

He was nominated for Premier League player of the month in November, but finished as runner up behind Manchester City's Raheem Sterling .

2. West Ham 3-1 Manchester United - September 29th

It is not often you beat one of the giants of world football, let alone English football, and on your own stomping grounds too. When you do you have to celebrate and that's exactly what West Ham did earlier this season when they rounded off a fine performance to see of Manchester United  3-1. 

A goal from Felipe Anderson took the Hammers 1-0 up, before a deflected Andriy Yarmolenko shot made it two. Marcus Rashford grabbed one for the visitors before Arnautovic clinched the tie. The result will hopefully be a sign of things to come from West Ham under Manuel Pellegrini.

1. Declan Rice Wins Young Hammer of the Year - April 24th

It has been a few years since the West Ham academy brought through the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand. There hasn't been many star names of late that have immediately broken into the first team and proved they deserve to stay there. However, it appears West Ham have unearthed a top class player in Declan Rice.

Rice has had an absolutely sensational year and a half as he has broken through from a fringe youth player to an indispensable first team member with massive potential. At just 19, he looks composed, carries experience beyond his years, and acts as the leader of the midfield. 

Rice capped off his fantastic year by winning West Ham's Young Hammer of the Year award. The Irons would absolutely love to tie Rice down to a new contract, and maybe one day, see him captain the side.