Arsenal v West Ham – Wenger pinpoints the key players

As Arsene Wenger said, he is looking for a fast start to the season by beating West Ham in the opening game tomorrow lunchtime, and he is aware that Slaven Bilic is notorious for making his teams hard to beat. So Wenger is hoping for some magic from his players again, and he has pinpointed last week’s match-winner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the youngster preparing to become a star in his own right in this campaign.

Wenger said on the official Arsenal site: “When you look at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain you think, ‘What has he not got?’ and then you’re a bit speechless,”

“It’s all there but I don’t want to put any special pressure on him because he has it all in the locker.

“What it demands is for him to let it come out. What I want from him is complete concentration, dedication, to bring his qualities to the team. Naturally he’s a guy who likes to do it for the team and he’s not a selfish player, but you want him to play a bit less with the handbrake on and get out what is really in there.”

That bloody handbrake again. You think Wenger would have had it removed from his Rolls-Royce team by now! But I do agree, we are all expcting big things from The Ox this year, and if he can follow up last weeks sublime winner wither another one tomorrow he may just throw away that handbake himself!

As for West Ham, Wenger is impressed with Bilic signing the talented Frenchman Dimitri Payet, who at Marseille last season created more chances than any other midfielder in Europe. Wenger said about him: “I’ve known him well for a long time because he’s played at Lille, at Saint-Etienne, at Marseille – a very difficult club to play for because you are under extra special pressure,”

“He can always deliver the special pass. He’s a highly-gifted player and he will add something on the creative front to the West Ham team, that’s for sure.”

To be frank that sort of makes me wonder why Wenger didnt try to buy him for Arsenal! Well at least we know hat to expect. Wenger is not expecting an easy game. Well very few derbies ever are, but I AM hoping to see a win for the Gunnners, whether it is a classy one or an ugly one. I just want the three points to set us on the right track….

Tags Bilic Payet The Ox Wenger


  1. SoOpa AeoN says:

    WTF! “No manure, Arsenal or Liverpool signing,can make it into the chelshit team” ………..Disgusting comment……. I despise this sh*thead called Jamie carragher

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      Carracher and Owen collectively couldnt put a coherent sentence together and there contributions as futbol pundits rival that of former NFL players that make Sunday afternoons in the states at times unbearable.

      Hope the King treads carefully….lol

    2. Bro Kwame Arsenal says:

      Just watched Schniederlein play for Man U against the Spurs. I now know why Mr Wenger didn’t sing him ____ He is too offensive ___ we have to many of his type in Arsenal. We need somebody who will sit back when we attack and is not scared off bullying the play makers of opposing teams. A Matic/Coqelin type of player to assist le Coq.


      1. seancali says:

        Actually manure were far from impressive today. They had their usual luck and managed to win.nothing special about them to be honest. Deepay is a normal player and I can confidently say ox is by far a better player compared to deepay. Scwheni was average and Morgan looked shaky. Their new signings were just average.they still suckkk big time.

    3. Bro Kwame Arsenal says:

      Just saw the epl table and Arsenal is 7th, no goals scored, no points accumulated. Why?

  2. leo says:

    Iwobi + Bielik trained with first-team, along with Sanchez. Iwobi could be on bench again if Sanchez isn’t involved

  3. SoOpa AeoN says:

    seriously!………there’s nothing special bout this manure team………. Wish the spuds could even manage a draw and make half my day while i await swansea to complete the other half!

    1. seancali says:

      Manure suckkkker big time. They are the luckiest team in the world. They couldn’t even create a clear chance. I thought they were going to be a dominant team with their new signings. But from what I saw today we could beat this team easily. Welbeck to get a hat trick against them this time around. Haha

  4. Greg says:

    Petr cech between the sticks a main key! Coyg!

  5. davidnz says:

    At home I expect a win.

  6. Arsenal4eternity says:

    Watching Arsenal Under 19s in the final with PSV. What a strike!! Huge goal for Arsenal. Zelalem is a real talent

    1. Durand says:

      I agree, but Wenger isn’t sold on American players.

      Zelalem probably needs to prove himself more. Solid performances with USA national squad will help.

      IMO he’s playing very well and creating chances for teammates. Definitely worth a look and giving a chance.

      1. Durand says:

        I remember reading (forgot exact article, sorry) but Michael Bradley upset Wenger declined to bring him in and went for Kallstrom instead.

        Bradley insinuated it was because he was American and somehow lesser than.

        In full disclosure, Bradley isn’t exactly top draw, but definitely better than Kallstrom.

        Irrelevant now, but quite an accusation none the less.

    2. Ks-Gunner says:

      Do you know where i can i see the game highlights?

  7. fred cowardly says:

    Yeah. I like Zelalem A LOT

  8. Hafiz Rahman says:

    Utd won because they spend big…

    we need to spend to strengthen the team…

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      STFU hafiz!…… Manure won bcuz Walker made a verystupid, careless mistake………How could he have done that?…….otherwise Depay, schwensteiger etc were all sh*t today!

      1. muffdiver says:

        calm down lol its the hafiz way

        you know he gets a pass

        #house of rahman

        1. SoOpa AeoN says:

          @muff………hahaha…. Ah! Yea… The house of rahman is held in high esteem…… My bad, i over-reacted L()L

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      and yea we need to strenghten to compete……. But that was not the reason Manure won today….. U grab?

    3. Real Gunner says:

      @ Hafiz

      Watch the match again

  9. Greg says:

    Man u wins on a kyle walker OG! im not impressed!

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:

      even under SAF they never win impressively…….

      a win still a win

      1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

        “a win still a win”

        That’s the part I don’t like(for the opposition teams, especially main rivals).

  10. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    They were lucky with an own goal. However, there pressing was quite good, but I think Tottenham didn’t showed much passion up there when mattered. Also Romero, Darmian and Smalling were good defensively, they impressed me the most, but looking at the attack, they still have to improve. Memphis had a quite afternoon for me, Mata was good, Schneiderlin also. But I think their defense and Spurs ineffective display won them the game. Otherwise, 0-0 would have been a fair result.

    1. seancali says:

      Morgan was good? Really?? I don’t think so. All their new signings were lost.their attack is shittty

  11. rkw says:

    After a decent opening 20 mins spurs looked woeful can’t see them doing anything …that said am not sure MU had a shot on goal all afternoon .. They have talent though but all depends on whether the Dutchman can bring it together quickly .. As for us we beat the hammers 3 0 last season so had better match that scoreline tomorrow .. Has to play giroud ox and the whippet up front and ozil and santi behind so don’t see place for Ramsey …hope he plays Gabriel but know he won’t

    1. Jimbeam says:

      Ramsey in the centre Cazorla on LW like last game.

      1. Ks-Gunner says:

        never again

      2. rkw says:

        No thank you!

    2. Real Gunner says:

      @ rkw

      It won’t be that easy this season , as they are playing more defence . They will solid on defence too as this is the first Bpl game. I think a 2-1 to Arsenal

      1. rkw says:

        Half the trick is getting clubs to fear u before a ball is kicked … Drubbing teams like west ham at home is critical if we are to carry that in to bigger games against lpool Chelsea etc …. So it’s that kind of scoreline we need to get season off on right track … Bilic should know how to strengthen defence but they have gaps there and while they have made some good buys these r mainly of offensive nature…so it should be doable even with the whippet on the front line …

  12. bayjerkoff says:

    Daniel Crowley with his 1st professional assist

  13. fred cowardly says:

    Crowley and Zelalem = Our glorious future

    1. Ks-Gunner says:

      heheh, we have to much future going on here, hehe. I wish we could creat some decent strikers and defenders though. Donyell Malen looks very good on the youtube videos.

  14. Arsenal4eternity says:

    Arsenal wins the Durban Under 19s tournament. Sweeeeet!! These young guns have made my day!

    1. YingYang69 says:

      The Arsenal just cant stop winning trophies.

      1. Redeye says:

        I remember when the women’s team was dominating. And my only comfort, when our best players were sold. At least the women were winning the league.

  15. iAmDimy says:

    arsenal loanees are really making me proud, Chuba and Toral both on their teams’ score sheets

  16. Ronny331 says:

    @Bigvalbowski. Michael Owen today in the MU v Spurs game:
    “Alderweild did very well at at Tottenham before signing for Spurs”
    D*ck head, can’t stick the guy as a commentator!

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