The West Ham boss David Moyes is very happy that his team are sitting in the Top Four of the Premier League with only 10 days to go to Christmas, but he is well aware that it is not going to be easy to stay there with challengers like Arsenal also in the hunt.
He knows there is still a long way to go, and he knows that his team are going to find it hard going at the Emirates this evening. When he was asked whether he thought it was to West Ham’s advantage that the Gunners captain Aubameyang would not be in the squad, he thought about it and told ClaretandHugh: “I don’t know that I agree with you. I think Arsenal have showed they can play other players. Lacazette, they’ve got Smith Rowe, Odegaard is scoring at the moment. I think Arsenal will be able to come through it. Sometimes these moments can make you stronger. It depends how you look at it. I still Arsenal as a strong opponent whether Aubameyang is in there or not.”
There are many teams in the fight for Europe. Man United are just one point behind the Hammers, and Arsenal can leapfrog them if they win tonight, Tottenham will go above them all if they win their games in hand, and there are other teams
within touching distance, but to his credit, he is thinking more of challenging the teams above. He told Football.London: “It is huge like all the games are but we are positive and are in a strong position. We are hoping to get to third and trying to catch the teams above us but we are aware of the strength of the teams below us. There is a good chance you can drop out and then try and make it back in. There will be different times in the season where our form is better than others but we are in a strong position going into the Christmas period and hopefully, we come out of that in good shape.”
So, this is truly a massive game for both clubs tonight. It won’t be easy, but may the best team win…