Here is our usual View From The Enemy feature, and this week we have an interview with the West Ham manager Slaven Bilic conducted by the official West Ham website. He sounds very calm and articulate and gives measured answers to his questioners. He certainly doesn’t need to shout at his players and his brilliant record this season speaks for itself. So let’s listen to what he has to say about the Arsenal game……
Arsenal are now just 24 hours from the game that could make or break their season. A win at Upton Park will surely give the Gunners the confidence and impetus to carry on winning against less daunting opponents, but a defeat could knock the stuffing out of our whole season.
I know that every single game is now a must-win fixture for Arsenal, but Saturday’s visit to Upton Park is even more important that that! A win will not only keep us ahead of the chasing pack (which includes the Hammers) but will also keep us in the hunt for the title if Leicester start slipping up.
Arsenal desperately need to get their confidence back and their Premier League campaign back on track, and they can’t afford to be patient any more as a defeat at Goodison Park will leave them in a very precarious position indeed. According to the bookie 888Sport, the two sides are very evenly matched with Everton being 2.65 to win, while Arsenal are slightly shorter at 2.60. The draw is a very generous 3.60 but I think the price for an Arsenal win is a much better bet.
Barcelona v Arsenal: A template for damage limitation By Twig
We normally have a couple of infographics before big games and this will be no exception, but usually we find that the Gunners stats are usually better than our opponents – even against Barcelona! But tomorrow’s game against Spurs is not looking as positive as usual, either for our midfielders comparison from FootballFanager, or for the Combined XI figures.
Arsenal are on their worst losing run for six years with back to back defeats against Barcelona, Man United and now Swansea, all in the space of eight miserable days. This is supposed to be the time of the season when Wenger gets all his injured players back and everyone is on form, and the team goes on a scintillating run to finish in the top four.
Anything is still possible for Arsenal by Sam P
Okay Arsenal yet again played against a makeshift team at the Emirates, it it is not the end of the world in this season of shifting tides and crazy results. Leicester had only drawn on Tuesday, Tottenham got beat by West Ham, Man City got slaughtered by Liverpool. Okay Man United managed to beat Watford by the odd goal but that was the only really expected bad result for Arsenal.