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.
Arsene Wenger is well aware that our London neighbours are much improved in this campaign under Slaven Bilic, and is most impressed with the quality shown by his fellow Frenchman Dimitri Payet. “I have known him for a long, long time,” Le Prof said on the official Arsenal website. “When he played at St Etienne, he was there for a few years and we watched him many times. He has all the attributes to be a top, top player and he is that.
“He is 29 years old already, but this season he has matured a lot as he has come back into the national team when he looked to be out. That shows he has been much more consistent. He has always had top talent, even when in periods he has been a bit up and down.
“I think the emergence of Dimitri Payet has given West Ham a lot of creativity and efficiency. [With] Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini and Payet they have a strong midfield and a good striker with Diafra Sakho.
“That makes them efficient and that is not a coincidence. They have had a very good campaign but when you look at the quality of the players they have, individually they have a good midfield, good strikers and they are solid at the back.”
This is definitely one of our hardest opponents of the season. Not only did the Hammers beat us in the opening game of the season, but they are also unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions. If you are looking for their last home defeat you have to go all the way back to August last year, so that gives you a clear idea of the task facing Arsenal tomorrow.
But we just have to believe that we have the quality to overcome all obstacles, especially when our backs are against the wall, so it’s time for West Ham to be taken down a peg or two.
Come on you Gunners!! Onwards and Upwards!
dimitri payet will be in gabriel and kos pocket like barkley and lukaku
I do not want errors commited tommorow.
We all know that payet is a free kick specialist so even at 2 0 up we must not relax and avoid complacency but we have to keep our eyes open because they have a game changer.
OT:Are rooney and costa back?
Someone needs to stop these spuds and foxes
Wenger is worried?
He better be.
What’s New?… Wenger is always worried, no matter who our opponents are!
It’s a big part of his mind games tactics.
West Ham (I know because my cousin is a hammer and loves to gloat over small victories) will take great pride in beating us and destroying any dwindling hope some may have of us winning the PL. last and first victories against us at Highbury and Emirates respectively have already gave them much pride and bragging rights.
I hope we beat them (not for the league because that is gone) but to stop their pathetic gloating. I say hope because, I think West Ham have every chance of beating us…
Bilic has in little time in the PL (1st season) managed to form a West Ham side capable of rubbing shoulders with us which tells me a lot about Bilics capabilities and even more about AWs.
Bilic seams to know our weakness from when he was Besiktas manager he made it hard for us to qualifie for the group stage, and its simple,
don’t let our (Arsenal) players space and if you have a good counter attack you can catch our players out of position every time, this was the tack ticks he gave to Dinamo Zagreb when they beat us in Zagreb
lets also not forget West Ham beat almost all the heavyweights in the epl this season
we should not expect a easy win there all do i for one think we have a new energy and hunger in the veins of our players and if we win well done to our boys
Give it a rest seriously
wenger is worried…………That’s his business
Payet was signed for peanuts (11miL) while we were having problems with our wingers ….stuffs like Ramsey was wasted on the RW, Sanchez on the LW, Theo’s anonymousity , JoeL’s instability in the starting line-up etc….
Oh! and not to forget Payet ain’t the only creative players in the hammers side
So now your saying Wenger should buy more players for peanuts. Or is it only after they go and prove themselves well worth it, because before that actually happens it is “called a gamble”. Maybe next time you can tell him which player to pay peanuts for before they go and blow everyone away, that way you might have a leg to stand on.
Why are people so afraid of Payet? The guy scored a couple of great free kicks and now he’s unstoppable… Seriously! What a defeatist attitude to have before an important game. I’m fully confident we can get the result there regardless of who they field.
While we’re on the subject of West Ham, it really pi***s me off how some teams just get a stadium handed to them regardless of the process while we had to build our own with our earned income and suffered throughout that period of bank loans. Same with City how they just got handed the City of Manchester stadium and renamed it the Etihad as if they couldn’t create their own with their resources. To me that’s not a level playing ground and for that simple reason I commend Arsenal Football Club. Regardless of how fans feel about the owner and manager that was truly admirable.
JAmerican you think its unfair here in UK, you should look at the Spanish La Liga how its run so much favoritism towards the two top team most of the TV income goes to them free stadiums and more, and its the same with quite a lot of countries in Europe
The Boss and the Gunners MUST be totally confident as he & they step into the dug-out & on to the Bolyn playing pitch. They Boss and the Gunners SHOULD not worry of any unlikely bad result in this game for us on Saturday.
For the outcomes of this believed to be a somehow big game for Arsenal will turnout be resoundingly good for Arsenal as the Gunners will surely dominate the West Hammers and put them under their hammers.
The Gunners are more than competent to do this job successfully as they’ll not only be efficient and creative in this game, but will convert a large percentage of the chances they’ve created into goals to hammer the West Hammers with their own very hammers by: WHFC 0-5 AFC @ FT 90m +.