Thursday, December 14

Daily WHUFC News - 14th December 2017

Resolute Hammers make it four points from two derbies

West Ham United 0 – 0 Arsenal
Premier League

West Ham United made it four points from two London derbies in a week as
they stood firm against Arsenal at London Stadium on Wednesday night.
Neither side could find a way through as the Hammers again showed the
defensive resilience which has served them so well through their run of
games at the top end of the Premier League table. Alex Iwobi hit the post
for the visitors in the first half, and Adrian had to save from Alexis
Sanchez in the second, but West Ham came so close to taking all three points
at the death when Chicharito's shot thudded against the crossbar and out.
The Hammers named the same eleven who defended so stoutly against Chelsea
five days previously and they started with the same diligence against the
Gunners. Alexis Sanchez had a low shot gathered in by Adrian with nine
minutes on the clock, but it was at the other end that the first real moment
of excitement materialised, as Marko Arnautovic rose to nod home an Arthur
Masuaku cross, only to have the goal ruled out for offside. There was a
scare for the Hammers just before the half hour when Jack Wilshere and
Sanchez combined neatly in midfield for the latter to slip a pass to Iwobi.
He cut inside onto his left foot and shot for goal, finding the outside of
the near post with his effort. Seven minutes before the interval, Aaron
Cresswell was brave at the back post to block Olivier Giroud's overhead
kick, but the Hammers would have been happy with how they restricted the
Gunners before the break.
Arsene Wenger's men looked to up the tempo on the game's resumption and they
came close to opening the scoring on 56 when a blocked Sanchez shot fell
fortuitously for Mesut Ozil, who prodded wide when well placed. The Hammers
were perhaps a touch fortunate again 14 minutes later when Giroud nodded
back unselfishly for Wilshere, only for the midfielder to smash over the
bar. Arsenal's threat was growing, but Adrian was equal to Sanchez's 30-yard
free-kick three minutes later. That appeared to be that, until the final
minute when Laurent Koscielny's loose square pass so nearly led to a Hammers
winner. The hosts pounced on the ball, and Mark Noble passed to Chicharito
inside the area. His shot beat Petr Cech, crashed off the bar, down on the
line and agonisingly away to safety.

West Ham United: Adrian, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Noble (c),
Obiang, Masuaku, Lanzini, Arnautovic, Antonio (Chicharito 82)
Substitutes: Hart, Collins, Rice, Carroll, Ayew, Sakho
Booked: Lanzini, Reid

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny (c), Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere,
Maitland-Niles, Ozil, Iwobi (Welbeck 70), Sanchez (Lacazette 82), Giroud
Substitutes: Ospina, Chambers, Kolasinac, Coquelin, Elneny

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Attendance: 56,921

Noble and Arnautovic delighted with consecutive clean sheets

Two clean sheets in as many games and four points in the Premier League is a
great reward for West Ham United's hard work in consecutive London derbies,
according to Mark Noble and Marko Arnautovic. The Hammers secured a goalless
draw against Arsenal at London Stadium on Wednesday night and that followed
Saturday's memorable victory against champions Chelsea in east London. And
four points could have been six against the Gunners had substitute
Chicharito's agonising late strike found the back of the net after coming
off the underside of the crossbar. That said, skipper Noble admitted a point
was a fair result and was delighted with his side's return from a tough run
of fixtures, which began with a trip to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium a
week and a half ago. He said: "To keep two clean sheets in two games, in
five days, it's fantastic and four points is a really good reward for that.
"When you come out the game at Everton when we lost 4-0 and you go to Man
City and then Chelsea and Arsenal after, to be honest, you dread it in the
position you're in. "But the boys have worked hard and we believed we could
get something. "I said on Saturday, sometimes against these teams with such
a good amount of special players, you just need to defend. Last year we got
done here by the so called bigger teams. "But tonight we defended well and
we could have snatched it at the end. Chicha always hits the target but
you'd hope he would bury them. I think it was a good save in the end from

Arnautovic was Saturday's hero, scoring David Moyes' side's sixth-minute
winner against Antonio Conte's Chelsea, and it could have been a similar
story against Arsenal. Early in the first half, Arthur Masuaku crossed for
the Austrian who found the back of the net with a perfect header, however
the summer signing's celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.
Arnautovic remained a constant threat throughout, however, and was named the
broadcaster's Man of the Match. "I think as a team, we have worked very hard
for the couple of weeks," the attacker explained after the draw. "We wanted
to keep a clean sheet and it's up to us.
"I have to say well done to the team because we have fought a lot and now we
need some results to be rewarded with three points. "I have enjoyed since
the first day to be here with the team. I had a difficult start that
everyone is behind me, especially my teammates and they're getting me going.
"I'm fit and healthy and I want to help the team and the Club to go

While Arnautovic has been leading the line in attack, Noble – who returned
to West Ham's starting XI on Saturday – praised the way the defence have
responded to Moyes' focus on preventing the opposition from scoring. "You
look at the way we're set up; the gaffer came in and thought we had to stop
shipping goals, for one," he contined. "I think we obviously got off to a
bad start and our confidence was low. That was the whole club. "The
performance against Man City – you go there dreading to play at the Etihad
but to get two clean sheets since against Arsenal and Chelsea is great. "You
see what Chelsea did to Huddersfield the other night. They're two massive
games for us."

Moyes: I am thrilled with the way we have played

David Moyes was rightly proud of his team after West Ham United earned a
hard-fought goalless draw with Arsenal at London Stadium. The Hammers were
resolute for the third game in succession and kept their second straight
clean sheet, and could even have taken all three points had Petr Cech not
tipped Chicharito's last-minute shot onto the underside of the crossbar.
Having taken four points out of six from home games with Chelsea and
Arsenal, following a hard-fought 2-1 defeat at runaway leaders Manchester
City, though, Moyes was in a justifiably positive frame of mind. "I am
thrilled with the way we have played in the last three games," he confirmed.
"When I took the job, I looked at these three fixtures and thought 'Oh no,
here we go!' but our best performances have come in them. "Certainly
defensively, we've tightened up. We've not conceded any goals in the last
couple of games and we were unlucky against Manchester City, but we have got
to take the positives. "I want the team to play much better, I want the
football to be better and I want us to create better chances but, at the
moment, it's one step at a time."

Arsenal undoubtedly held the upper hand in terms of possession, territory
and chances created, but West Ham held firm with a combination of
resilience, organisation and sheer hard work. With Angelo Ogbonna imperious
alongside Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell, Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang
industrious and Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio running hard in attack,
Adrian's goal was seldom threatened. And when it was, the Spaniard made two
decent saves to deny Alexis Sanchez and a third from Granit Xhaka's
long-range strike. "It was another really difficult game and we knew this
period was going to be tough, but I have to give the players great credit
because we defended really well, we are more resolute and harder to play
against. "Sometimes, when you do that, you get the odd chance that you can
win the game with and, as you saw, that nearly happened. "It would have been
greedy but if you had seen the way the players have worked in recent weeks,
and what we've demanded of them, you would have said your work deserved
that. "All credit to them because they have really pulled together. The
spirit at the training ground is really good. They're all at it for each and
they're not giving an inch, and we don't want them to.

Next up on West Ham's fixture list is a trip to Stoke City on Saturday
afternoon. Mark Hughes' side have won just one of their last seven Premier
League matches and Moyes knows his own team will have more opportunities to
express themselves at the Britannia Stadium. And when those opportunities do
come about, the Scot said the Hammers have to take them. "Against the better
teams, you're trying to make sure you don't concede so you don't lose. It's
no good going toe-to-toe with them. "I think the other games will give us
the opportunity to go onto the front foot, rather than always sitting back
in. "But I've got to say, we have got a threat with the two boys we have got
up front at the minute, and we've also got Andy Carroll, Chicharito, Diafra
Sakho and Andre Ayew, so we've got players who can score. I feel as if we
can get the bit at the back right, it will give us a good chance."

West Ham United 0-0 Arsenal
By Neil Johnston
BBC Sport

West Ham manager David Moyes said he is "really enjoying" life with the
Hammers after his side earned a valuable point in their fight against
relegation by holding Arsenal. The Gunners are without a Premier League win
in three games and are now down to seventh in the table as West Ham
continued their revival under new manager Moyes. They followed up Saturday's
win over champions Chelsea by holding Arsene Wenger's side at London
Stadium. "There's a good spirit at the moment, they're all at it together,"
said Moyes, whose side remain in the relegation places but are level on
points with Crystal Palace and West Brom, who are above the drop zone on
goal difference. "I want them to be more robust and we're still a bit easy
to play against. We're trying to improve that and we want to make our
football better. "There's a lot to improve but the first thing was to stop
conceding goals. I'm really enjoying it here."

Arsenal's Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi struck the outside of Adrian's post as
Wenger's side failed to score in the Premier League for the first time in
three months. West Ham also hit the woodwork in the closing stages through
substitute Javier Hernandez after the Gunners failed to clear. Arsenal could
have climbed to fourth with a win, but the draw leaves them a point behind
Tottenham, who are in the final Champions League place. "There's always
concern about the table as we are here to win games," said Wenger. "We had
so much of the ball, but it was very frustrating because we could even have
lost it at the end."

The statistics demonstrate that Wenger's side predictably dominated
possession but they did not create enough chances as France forward Giroud,
starting in place of leading scorer Alexandre Lacazette, failed to mark his
first league start of the season with a goal. Wenger named three academy
graduates in his starting line-up - Jack Wilshere, who was making his first
league start for the club since 15 May 2016, Iwobi and Ainsley
Maitland-Niles. Yet Arsenal, who are closer in terms of points to the bottom
of the table than they are the top, lacked the quality, composure and ideas
to unlock the second worst defence in the Premier League. The Gunners
managed just three shots on target despite enjoying 70% possession -
including Sanchez forcing Adrian into a full-stretch save from a free-kick -
but, in truth, West Ham were rarely troubled. Wilshere blazed another good
opening over as Arsenal failed to find a solution to their poor away form.
Wenger's side have won just two of their nine top-flight games away from the
Emirates this season, with eight different clubs earning more points away
from home in the league than Arsenal. It will therefore perhaps be a relief
to the Frenchman that Arsenal's next three games are all at home.

West Ham responding to Moyes
West Ham have still only won once in 10 league games and failed to have a
single shot on target in a Premier League home match for the first time
since August 2013. Yet this performance, on the back of last weekend's win,
nevertheless provided further evidence the Hammers are improving under
Moyes. They were compact, well organised and hard working off the ball.
Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Creswell typified West Ham's dogged determination
with a string of vital blocks and clearances. That kind of commitment helped
a defence that conceded 32 goals in the first 15 games record back-to-back
clean sheets against Chelsea and Arsenal. And it might have been even better
for the Hammers. Hernandez came off the bench with eight minutes to go and
almost scored a stoppage-time winner.
Arsenal's defence did not clear properly, allowing the former Manchester
United forward to shoot from 12 yards but he hit the underside of the bar,
the ball bouncing off the line and back into play. After a narrow defeat to
leaders Manchester City, a win against Chelsea and a hard-earned point
against Arsenal, West Ham will hope to maintain their momentum against teams
in the bottom half of the table. They are at Stoke City on Saturday before
hosting Newcastle and then travelling to Bournemouth. By the time West Brom
visit in their first game of 2018 the transfer window will be open, and
Hammers co-owner David Sullivan stated in his programme notes that the club
will be making "two or three" new signings in January.

Man of the match - Mark Noble (West Ham)
Captain Mark Noble has been in and out of West Ham's team since David Moyes
arrived last month but the Hammers midfielder was always in the action
against Arsenal, covering 6.18km in the first 45 minutes alone - more than
any other player

Travel sick Gunners - the stats
Only once in Premier League history have Arsenal won fewer than nine points
from their first nine away games of a season (eight in 2005-06).
Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in two of their past three Premier League
away games, as many as they had kept in their previous 14 on the road.
Alexis Sanchez had more shots (six) and created more chances (four) than any
other player in the match.
Olivier Giroud has scored in just one of his last eight Premier League
starts for Arsenal.

What's next?
Moyes' Hammers are away to fellow strugglers Stoke City on Saturday (15:00
GMT) while at the same time Arsenal will hope to return to winning ways at
home to Newcastle United.

Match Report by @WestHamAmerican

West Ham drew to Arsenal during a midweek December match at the London
Stadium. The hosts looked to build on their massive win over Chelsea over
the weekend and a London derby against the Gunners served as a great
opportunity to continue the momentum. For Arsène Wenger's side, they
looked to get back to winning after a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

The first half opened with West Ham continuing their XI behind the ball
strategy employed to finish the Chelsea match. David Moyes kept an
unchanged team sheet from the previous match, but as the half wore on West
Ham took some chances on the attack.

The best opportunity was in the 14th minute as Marco Arnautovic headed a
Arthur Masuaku cross into the net bet was flagged for being half a step
offside and the goal was disallowed.

Adrian and the defenders did well, once again against the pace of Alexis
Sanchez and the other Arsenal attackers.

The second half featured the Gunners maintaining possession and taking a
number of off target shots on the West Ham goal. A cold London rain also
joined the match during the halftime break. It was a mixture of luck and
good goal keeping kept the match scoreless despite West Ham's challenges
keeping the ball. For the entire match Arsenal held a 70%-30% advantage on

Late in the match, Michael Antonio was showing similar exhaustion that he
had over the weekend. Moyes brought on Javier Hernandez, while Lacazette
replaced Sanchez. Bringing on Chicharito almost looked to pay immediate
dividends as he took what appeared to be a game winning shot from 12 yards
out, that trickled off the crossbar. The entire London Stadium erupted
before seeing that his strike hit the underside of the bar and was inches
from giving West Ham a 90th minute game-winner.

After that disappointment, the hosts were able to close out the stoppage
time and escape with a point. Taking four points over a three match
gauntlet of Manchester City/ Chelsea/ Arsenal is a feat that most West Ham
fans would have agreed to given the poor play this club has displayed over
the current season, however missing a couple of great chances despite an
electric atmosphere at the London Stadium, it's a tough pill to swallow.
Moyes and his team look to improve their scoring against a very struggling
Stoke City side that was destroyed by Spurs over the weekend. Mark Hughes
is very much embattled and Arnautovic will return to his former club in
great form. While West Ham is level with safety on points, a good
performance at Stoke can give the Hammer's supporters some relief this

For all the latest updates on team fitness and other news, please check out all week long.

West Ham: Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Arnautovic, Lanzini, Obiang,
Noble, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Antonio
Subs: Hart, Rice, Collins, Ayew, Carroll, Sakho, Hernandez (82')

Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Sanchez, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Iwobi, Monreal,
Bellerin, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles
Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Kolasinac, Colquelin, Elneny, Welbeck (70'),
Lacazette (82')

Referee: Jonathon Moss

West Ham boss David Moyes hails two morale-boosting results after following
up Chelsea win with Arsenal draw
By Michael Hincks
Last Updated: 13/12/17 11:54pm

David Moyes believes his West Ham side are growing in confidence after
following up their 1-0 win over Chelsea with a 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal
on Wednesday. West Ham's tricky start to December saw them face Manchester
City before hosting Chelsea and Arsenal. And though Moyes' side fell 2-1 to
leaders City, they have gone on to take four points in their next two games
to move level with West Brom and Crystal Palace. West Ham remain in the
bottom three, but Moyes was pleased to see his side hold out against
Arsenal, while they could have even stolen it late on, only for Javier
Hernandez to hit the bar in the 89th minute. "We could have [nicked it]. It
was a really good performance by the players and certainly a disciplined and
organised performance again which we have needed in the three games," Moyes
said. "Sometimes if you do that, you hang in and you stick with it then you
get yourself some opportunities and I thought we'd done that at the end. "I
would say for the majority of the game we would have to praise the boys for
how disciplined they were as defenders and how well they stuck to their task
against a good team that caused us problems. "I think it will give us good
confidence because of the results. If you had given me four points against
Chelsea and Arsenal… actually we were unlucky against Manchester City. We
were unlucky not to equalise even after we went 2-1 down to make it two
each. "So there are good signs and maybe we can keep this level of
performance up but the performances will have to change because we'll be
playing against a different type of opposition. But I'd have to say we've
done a pretty decent job against these teams."
A second-straight clean sheet will also be music to Moyes' ears, with the
Scot admitting that has been a focus since taking charge in November. "When
we came in [West Ham] were conceding too many goals and I found that even
against Everton. So thankfully we have tightened up a bit. We have made it
better," Moyes added. "Now we need to take it to the next level but if we
don't concede with the forwards and attacking players that we have got we
should have chances of scoring and winning games. As long as we keep it
tight we will always be in the game. "I am really enjoying working with the
players and I am really enjoying working at the club. I think the supporters
have been great. Obviously, the realistic thing is that we know we are at
the wrong end of the table and we have some work to do. "But you have to
start somewhere and you'd have to say the results over the last few games
have given us a good platform to see if we can improve and pick up some wins
in the coming weeks."

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal: Hammers hold Gunners to goalless draw at London
By Michael Hincks
Last Updated: 14/12/17 12:05am

Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere could not inspire Arsenal to victory in
their first Premier League starts of the season as West Ham held them to a
goalless draw at the London Stadium. It very nearly turned into defeat for
Arsenal, but substitute Javier Hernandez saw his effort hit the bar before
bouncing on the goal-line in the final minute of normal time. West Ham
ultimately reduced Arsenal to just three shots on target all match, despite
the visitors enjoying 70% of possession.
The draw leaves Arsenal in seventh - one point behind Tottenham, Liverpool
and Burnley - while West Ham remain 19th, but move level with West Brom and
Crystal Palace on 14 points.

Player ratings
West Ham: Adrian (7), Zabaleta (6), Reid (7), Ogbonna (8), Cresswell (7),
Masuaku (6), Obiang (7), Noble (7), Lanzini (6), Arnautovic (7), Antonio (6)
Subs: Hernandez (n/a)

Arsenal: Cech (6), Bellerin (6), Koscielny (6), Matiland-Niles (6), Monreal
(6), Wilshere (6), Xhaka (6), Sanchez (5), Ozil (6), Iwobi (5), Giroud (5)
Subs: Welbeck (6), Lacazette (n/a)

Man of the match: Angelo Ogbonna

A tight first half saw West Ham carve out the first opportunity, but Marko
Arnautovic was correctly flagged for offside after heading in from Arthur
Masuaku's cross.
Alexis Sanchez then saw his deflected effort sail narrowly over before Alex
Iwobi's strike from a narrow angle cannoned off the near post and away to
safety. West Ham had a penalty appeal turned down after a coming together
between Granit Xhaka and Manuel Lanzini, while Giroud's overhead-kick
attempt was blocked by Aaron Cresswell's hands - though the West Ham
defender opted to feign injury as though the effort had hit him in the face.
After the break, Arnautovic snatched at an effort following Mark Noble's
delightful pass, with the West Ham captain using the pace of the ball to
chest a pass over Nacho Monreal. Arsenal then spurned two great
opportunities, but Mesut Ozil could only stab an attempt wide before
Wilshere fired over from 10 yards out. And while Arsene Wenger turned to
Alexandre Lacazette in the hope of finding a late winner, David Moyes
brought on Hernandez with 10 minutes to go, and it was the Mexican who came
within a whisker of scoring a winner after some calamitous Arsenal
defending. Only once in Premier League history have Arsenal won fewer than
nine points from their first nine away games of a season (8 in 2005-06).
Eight different clubs have won more points away from home in the Premier
League than Arsenal (9) this season - Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester
Utd, Liverpool, Burnley, Watford, Leicester & Spurs.

West Ham failed to have a single shot on target in a Premier League home
match for the first time since August 2013, in a 0-1 defeat against Stoke.
The Gunners are now winless in three consecutive Premier League games for
the first time since April.

Man of the match - Angelo Ogbonna
Moyes will be delighted with his side's defensive display at the London
Stadium, and it was Ogbonna who put in a rock-solid performance to keep
Arsenal at bay.
Time and again, Ogbonna was there prevent this visitors from scoring, making
three blocks and 11 clearances - the highest of any player in both

The managers
David Moyes: "We could have [nicked it]. It was a really good performance by
the players and certainly a disciplined and organised performance again
which we have needed in the three games. "Sometimes if you do that, you hang
in and you stick with it then you get yourself some opportunities and I
thought we'd done that at the end. "I would say for the majority of the game
we would have to praise the boys for how disciplined they were as defenders
and how well they stuck to their task against a good team that caused us

Arsene Wenger: "There are some draws that are frustrating. It is one of
them. It was 10 against 10 in the final third. "They defended very well and
are in a highly defensive phase at the moment and it works for them at the
moment. They did that against [Manchester] City, they did that against
Chelsea and they did that tonight."

The pundit - Iain Dowie
"West Ham defended great tonight. They were disciplined, they were
organised. If there's anyone you want the ball to fall to it's Hernandez,
and he hits the bar. He should score and then the game's over. Iain Dowie
says Arsenal did not do enough to win against West Ham but was very
impressed with Jack Wilshere, who started for Arsenal for the first time in
the league this season. Iain Dowie says Arsenal did not do enough to win
against West Ham but was very impressed with Jack Wilshere, who started for
Arsenal for the first time in the league this season. "Adrian, I can't
remember a save he had to make. There wasn't enough dynamism. Ozil and
Sanchez were good in their combination play, but they didn't show enough
desire or enough drive, Arsenal. Their passing wasn't good. The one plus,
and it was a huge plus, was Jack Wilshere who was very, very good. For me he
does more in the team than Ramsey does."

What's next?
West Ham travel to Stoke on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off in the Premier
League, while Arsenal are in action at the same time at home to Newcastle.

Arsenal and West Ham will meet once more on December 19, in a Carabao Cup
quarter-final clash at the Emirates.


Wednesday, December 13

Daily WHUFC News II - 13th December 2017

Hammers net 13 goals in Margate rout

West Ham United Ladies secured a sensational 13-0 win over Margate Ladies
thanks to four goals apiece from Ellie Zoepfl and Amber Stobbs. The Irons
led 4-0 in the first half as a brace from Zoepfl, Stobbs' first finish and
an Andria Geogriou goal put the Hammers in firm control. The floodgates
opened in the second half with another nine goals being scored by the away
side, including three more from the No10 and another two by Zoeplf. The
Hammers are back in action on Sunday when they host Crystal Palace at Rush
Green. Kick-off is at 2pm and admission is FREE for Season Ticket Holders,
Claret Members and all Under-16s. Click here for more info. It took the
Hammers just nine minutes to take the lead in this midweek fixture as Stobbs
tucked home after Molly Peters saw an effort well saved. West Ham kept the
pressure on and got their rewards again just a few minutes later as Zoepfl
scored from a narrow angle, making it 2-0 to the visitors.
Stobbs looked for a second as she saw an effort fantastically saved before
smacking the post with a powerful effort, while Zoepfl also hit the
woodwork. The American grabbed her second though, and West Ham's third, just
after half an hour with a glancing header before Georgiou tapped in after a
terrific team move.
Despite leading 4-0 the Ladies showed no signs of letting up in the second
period, with Stobbs shooting into the roof of the net on 54 minutes for her
second goal.
Just a moment later and Zoepfl had her hattrick after an excellent finish,
while substitute Kmita added two goals in just two minutes from close range.
Zoepfl was again on the scoresheet on 75 minutes for her fourth goal,
netting with a low finish, while Stobbs got her hattrick with ten minutes to
go. There was still time for Georgiou to find her second before Stobbs
joined the four-goal club on 85 minutes, giving the Hammers an incredible
13-0 win.

West Ham United Ladies: Kanto, Mackie, Wheeler, Austin (M Kmita 46'),
Auguste; Chong, Georgiou; Zoepfl, Burr (R Kmita 46'), Stobbs, Peters (Swift
Subs not used: Wealthall

Goals: Stobbs 9' 54' 80 85'', Zoepfl 16' 32' 56' 75, Georgiou 35 83', R
Kmita 60' 62', Swift 77'

Margate Ladies: Andrews, Scannell, Green, Thudusion, Aran, Bailey, Cover,
Richardson, Waineright, Heminouay, Thesomma
Subs not used: Powell, Coresna, A Buson, K Buson, Kiss

Team news: Hammers unchanged for Arsenal derby

David Moyes has named an unchanged team for West Ham United's home London
derby against Arsenal on Wednesday night. Hot on the heels of Saturday's 1-0
victory over Chelsea, the Hammers will be going for another three point haul
against their London rivals. Adrian remains in goal after his clean sheet
against the Blues, with Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell
lining up in a back three in front of him. Michail Antonio will again play
as a striker, supported by Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic, with Mark
Noble anchoring the midfield. James Collins returns from a hamstring injury
and is named on the bench for his first involvement since September.

West Ham United: Adrian, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Noble (c),
Obiang, Masuaku, Lanzini, Arnautovic, Antonio
Substitutes: Hart, Collins, Rice, Carroll, Ayew, Sakho, Chicharito

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny (c), Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere,
Maitland-Niles, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez, Giroud
Substitutes: Ospina, Chambers, Kolasinac, Coquelin, Elneny, Lacazette,

Referee: Jonathan Moss

West Ham United Coaching Association Launches

West Ham United's Academy has launched an Official Coaching Association,
giving coaches the perfect opportunity to utilise the vast experience inside
the Academy of Football, whilst creating a local coaching fraternity which
brings together the professional and grassroots game in a unique and
progressive manner.

Headed up by our Academy Director Terry Westley, the West Ham United
Official Coaching Association brings together local grassroots coaches to
experience best practice sessions from elite Hammers coaching staff,
including former England U21 manager Stuart Pearce, alongside leading guest
figures within the elite sporting industry.

Endorsed by the FA, the association will offer quarterly learning events for
coaches at the famed Academy of Football, Chadwell Heath, where visionary
coaches in the game such as Ron Greenwood and John Lyall developed a string
of Hammers legends, including Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Trevor
Brooking, and in more recent times Premier League winners Rio Ferdinand,
Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and Joe Cole.

Join the Coaching Association here
These coaching seminars will give coaches the chance to learn in an
informative, interactive environment and will be led by professionals with
vast experience in the sporting industry, whilst also enabling coaches to
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Noble: We cannot allow our level to drop at all against Arsenal

Mark Noble is determined to lead West Ham United to another vital Premier
League victory at London Stadium. The Club captain was in inspirational form
in Saturday's 1-0 win over champions over Chelsea. Not only did the No16 run
an astounding game-high 12.77km, but he also made more passes in the
opposition half than any other Hammer, won three tackles, made two
clearances, two interceptions and regained possession for his team six
times. A repeat performance when Arsenal visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
is top of Noble's agenda for Wednesday evening. "We go into the game with
growing confidence after beating Chelsea here on Saturday, but we cannot
allow our level to drop at all against another top team," he wrote in his
Official Programme column. "I said after the game at the weekend that some
people need to realise that we are not 'parking the bus', which is a lazy
cliché, but that we don't have the spending power or the overall quality of
the very biggest teams like Chelsea and Arsenal, so we have to find a
different way to even it up or, on a good day, beat them."

Noble, who earned his Club-record 100th Premier League victory in Claret and
Blue at the weekend, has seen it all during his 13-year career. It is in
circumstances like the present, with his boyhood team fighting for their
top-flight future, that the man appointed skipper two-and-a-half seasons ago
stands tallest. "At times like this, I relish my role as captain of this
football club, my football club," he confirmed. "I've been playing in the
Premier League for more than a decade now and have given my life to this
Club, as this Club has given me my life and career, so I'm going to do as I
always have done and give absolutely everything. "I'm not going to sulk or
chuck my toys out of the pram if I'm not playing every minute of every game.
My job is to look after the changing room and make sure the boys are happy,
creating a positive environment in which we can thrive. "Every player
understands what the manager is trying to do here. We are all professionals
and accept his decisions for the good of the team and the good of the Club,
and that's what every player has done. "That is the approach we need to take
to get out of the mess we find ourselves in, and Saturday showed what that
approach can achieve. "We need to start tonight's game as we started against
Chelsea, on the front foot, full of energy and purpose, not allowing our
opponents to settle. "We've got another battle ahead of us, but we're at
home and the crowd will be behind us for sure and, if we can get another
three points, that would be massive."

West Ham Ladies 13-0 Margate: Ray 'couldn't be prouder' of players

West Ham United Ladies general manager Karen Ray has expressed her pride at
the intensity, commitment and effort shown by her side in the 13-0 victory
against Margate. Four goals apiece from Ellie Zoepfl and Amber Stobbs, as
well as braces from Rosie Kmita and Andria Georgiou and a finish by Zoe
Swift earned the Hammers an unforgettable win at Hartsdown Park. Having led
4-0 at half-time, the Irons refused to take their foot off the pedal and
proceeded to net another nine times in the second period. And Ray – taking
charge of her first match as interim first team manager – could not be more
pleased with what she saw from the team. "Midweek away games are always
tough," Ray told "Players have full time jobs so driving two
hours after a long day at work can make it hard to focus. However, we can't
fault the effort and intensity they demonstrated. "This win was all about
the players. They deserved to earn themselves a convincing result. The staff
and I couldn't be prouder of the reaction showed after a tough few weeks.
They dug deep, rallied around each other and played some beautiful
Ray singled out new signing Zoepfl for praise after the American gave what
was arguably her most complete performance since joining the Hammers. The
24-year-old netted four times and was a constant threat to the Margate
defence, and Ray has praised Zoepfl's versatility as well as the creativity
of her entire team. She continued: "If you look at the type of goals we
scored, they're not all the same. We showed our ability to be creative and
relentless in the final third. "Ellie showed how versatile she is; not only
posing a threat in attacking areas by linking up well with the midfielders
but also making runs in behind. A side to her game we hadn't yet had a
chance to see. "I thought we used the pitch really well and made it tough
for Margate to have any possession - winning the ball back early and then
working through their lines quickly making it difficult for them. The second
half we didn't take our foot off the gas and total credit to the players.
You could see the confidence in their performance."

Attention now turns to the league contest against Crystal Palace on Sunday
at Rush Green. Palace currently sit fourth in the Women's Premier League
Southern Division and have proven to be a tricky test this campaign. But Ray
is confident her side have the talent and belief to best this Eagles this
weekend. Ray added: "Our focus now switches to Crystal Palace on Sunday, who
will pose a very different threat. It's tough to only have one training
session to prepare but I believe in this team and their desire to pick up

Sunday's Ladies match with Crystal Palace kicks off at 2pm at the Rush Green
Training Facility, and West Ham United season ticket holders and Claret
Members can attend this fixture for free!
Fans under the age of 16 can also watch the Ladies play the Eagles for free
this Sunday, while general admittance is just £2!

In their words: The 1980 FA Cup winners

On May 10 1980 West Ham United, then of the Second Division, bested First
Division side Arsenal in the final of the FA Cup. A rare Trevor Brooking
header gave the Hammers the victory, and a third FA Cup win, as the Irons
bested a Gunners side that had won the previous two finals. Ahead of
Wednesday's clash with the Gunners, the players from that unforgettable day
take a look back at one of the stand-out matches in West Ham history...

Sir Trevor Brooking

The only goalscorer on the day, Brooking found the back of the net with a
rare header in the 13th minute to give the Irons the 1-0 win over Arsenal.
The result was Brooking's second FA Cup with West Ham, having also been in
the team for the 1975 final victory. "I know I wasn't noted for my heading,"
Brooking told the Standard. "Some think that Stuart Pearson's cross simply
hit me on the head and bounced in. It wasn't quite like that. "Stuart
dragged the ball across the face of the goal. I saw it coming my way and had
I stood upright it would have missed me. But I leaned back to put myself in
line with the ball. I made contact with my head and tried to steer it into
the net. At the time - it was the 13th minute - I didn't imagine it would be
the winning goal. "It was one of the great moments of my career. To play in
a Cup Final was a massive event but to score made it really memorable."

Brooking also fondly recalls the celebrations that followed the match, in
particular the parade that took place the next day, where over 200,000
supporters turned out to congratulate the West Ham players. He told BBC
Sport: "The parade is always a bit special because by then you have had 24
hours to enjoy it. We picked up the open-top bus at Stratford Broadway and
then took a route to get us to East Ham town hall, a few miles away. "It
took us more than a couple of hours to get there - they estimated that more
than 200,000 people lined the streets. "The old east end did know how to
celebrate and people had come out from hospitals so you could see various
patients and babies being held up and crying their eyes out. The atmosphere
was fantastic on that Sunday because winning a match like that against
Arsenal was something the east end wanted to celebrate. It is something I
will always remember."

Billy Bonds

Having already captained the Hammers to the 1975 Cup win, Billy Bonds once
again got the illustrious honour of hoisting the FA Cup trophy into the air
in 1980 after the win against Arsenal. "We didn't really go into the game
thinking we were underdogs because, although we were a second division side,
we had a lot of very good players in that team," Bonds recalled to BBC
Sport. "If you look through that team a lot of them became legends at the

When asked about the party after the match Bonds responded: "Do I remember
much about the celebrations? No, not really, apart from that I had to put
our coach Ernie Gregory and physio Rob Jenkins to bed early because they had
both drunk too much out of the Cup."

Alvin Martin

Alvin Martin spent 21 years on the books at West Ham United, but undoubtedly
the highlight in his 598 games for the Club came in 1980, with the defender
a key cog in the 1-0 FA Cup win. Martin is full of praise for the
performance of goalscorer Brooking, remembering that his efforts were
partially down to some criticism he had received from a notable name in
football. "I think I've only looked at that game once, maybe twice," Martin
admitted to the Guardian. "But when you're involved in the game you don't
get a clear perception of it. You have certain memories like the final
whistle, but I looked at the game and I've never seen him [Trevor Brooking]
work so hard in the middle. "That was probably in part due to the criticism
he got from Brian Clough, who had a pop at him prior to the game. Trevor
went out there on a mission. He didn't just create, he worked as hard as any
player I've seen on that day."

Martin continued: "On our day, we knew we could beat anybody. John Lyall was
in the middle of a rebuilding programme. He'd brought Ray Stewart in, Alan
Devonshire and I had made an impact and it was a team that was full of
internationals. As far as I'm concerned, Billy Bonds should have had 50
caps. He only got one and that was down to injury. "Trevor Brooking was a
class performer. We had Frank Lampard. We just struggled for consistency,
but the FA Cup wasn't about consistency. But coming to the final, you know
you're up against it because that was a good Arsenal side."

Alan Devonshire

It was thanks to Alan Devonshire that West Ham reached the FA Cup final in
1980, with the midfielder scoring in the 2-1 win over Everton in the
semi-final replay.
"It was a great day," he told on the final against Arsenal. "I
remember it being very hot and that we were quietly confident. "When we went
on the pre-match walkabout we were in a good mood, and I remember when the
Arsenal players came out they looked very pensive and as if they had the
weight of the world on their shoulders." "We fancied our chances big time.
We started brightly and scored early. From then it was quite comfortable, I
think they only had one or two shots for the whole game. "It was a great
day. Playing in front of 100,000 people in an FA Cup Final, it's what
everyone dreams about as a kid. I was lucky enough to do it and get the win
as well."

John Lyall

Arguably the most illustrious manager in West Ham history, John Lyall
claimed two FA Cups during his tenure as the Hammers boss and also guided
the Club to the final of the European Cup Winners Cup, the League Cup and
winners of the Second Division in 1980/81. Writing a newspaper column the
day after the famous FA Cup win of 1980, Lyall said: "There's an adage I'll
always go along with: 'To be successful you have to take chances.' The
soccer fans wants to be excited by men like Trevor Brooking and Alan
Devonshire. "I'm just delighted for those wonderful fans of ours. We gave
them the opportunity for a typical East London knees-up."

Lyall sadly passed away, at just 66-years-old, in April 2006 after suffering
a heart attack. The legendary manager's legacy is remembered by West Ham
United with the famous gates at the Boleyn Ground renamed 'The John Lyall
Gates' in 2009.

Stadium losing £190,000 per match, say LLDC
Filed: Wednesday, 13th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

The LLDC have admitted that the Olympic Stadium loses a small fortune every
time West Ham United play a match there. The shocking revelation was just
one of many made at a London Assembly Budget Monitoring Sub-Committee
meeting this afternoon, chaired by Gareth Bacon, leader of the LA
Conservatives. Bacon, 45, took the London Legacy Development Corporation to
task on several accounts regarding their relationship with West Ham - with
the corporation's Gerry Murphy bearing the brunt of the questioning and

In addition to the huge losses encountered every match day, Murphy revealed
that the LLDC has refused to sanction an increased capacity until West Ham
agreed to increase their contribution to the stadium costs. Currently
capped at 57,000, the club have seen bids to raise capacity to 60,000 and
66,000 rejected as a result of the LLDC's stance - and Murphy confirmed that
further legal action would be necessary in order to determine the outcome.
"The concession agreement talks about minimum seating," she said. "There are
more seats available in the stadium, however in order to activate those
seats it would cost E20 additional operating costs. "There is a dispute
with West Ham about what the contract says in terms of capacity. West Ham
have said they absolutely want to increase capacity to 60,000, and further
increase the capaity to 66,000. "LLDC and E20 disagrees with their
interpretation of the contract. We feel that if West Ham want to enjoy more
seats then they should commensurately pay more - and that's the gist of the
disagreement between us which is subject to legal proceedings. "We have had
a number of discussion with West Ham about capacity. Of course it would be
good for us to have higher capacity, if we would get a share of that revenue
- but that is not what West Ham propose."

Murphy, who insisted that "West Ham have a great deal" also revealed that
the cost of moving seats from to and from football mode, initially budgeted
at £50,000 per annum was in the region of £12million last year, largely as a
result of the stadium hosting the World Athletics Championships. "We have
been looking at the overall efficacy of the seating system and there are a
number of proposals for replacing elements of the seating," she added. "They
are in concept design at the moment. "We expect to see some proposals come
forward in the first quarter of next year which may also allow us to reduce
the seat move costs. I think we've gone some way already with configurations
and some minor amendments of the existing system and there is also a review
of the seating system and to see whether there are other things we can do to
substantially improve."

And asked by Bacon why the LLDC hadn't entered discussion with West Ham with
regard to making the stadium more profitable, Murphy insisted that the club
would be heavily involved with their future plans. "We will be talking to
West Ham about all those things, "she replied. "We talk to West Ham all of
the time. We are developing a commercial strategy and West Ham will be part
of that development."

To which Bacon replied: "It doesn't feel like a partnership arrangement from
what I'm hearing today. Partners who are supposed to be working together
don't sue each other."

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere interests West Ham boss David Moyes
Last Updated: 13/12/17 12:01am

West Ham boss David Moyes has admitted he would be interested in signing
Jack Wilshere in January if the Arsenal midfielder is made available.
Wilshere has been largely limited to Europa League appearances and the
occasional substitute role in the Premier League for the Gunners this
season. But the 25-year-old, who has six months left on his contract, is in
line to start against West Ham on Wednesday due to an injury to Aaron
Ramsey. Moyes, who believes the January transfer window is vital if West Ham
are to climb away from relegation trouble, said: "Jack Wilshere would be
someone who we'd have to look at if he was available. "I also want to make
sure we're looking at players who can be at the club for a long period and
not just in for a short period. "Then there's also the short-term fix for me
which is how do we get enough wins between now and the end of the season?
There's a balance between that. "That's why those decisions will have to be
mutually taken with [head of recruitment] Tony Henry, the chairman and
myself to make the right deals. "I've got an idea of where I need to
strengthen. We've already said there's a little bit of an imbalance but that
can happen at football clubs. "Could January be the difference between
staying up and going down? I do believe it could. "I think if the right
players are available we should try and do something. If we can get the
right players, that's the big part of it."
West Ham also expressed an interest in signing Arsenal forward Olivier
Giroud in the summer, but were unable to agree a deal. Moyes added: "We've
got a lot of strikers so I think for us to be linked to strikers at the
moment might not necessarily be the right thing. "But who knows? I think
Olivier Giroud is a talented footballer and has a record of scoring goals."


Tuesday, December 12

Daily WHUFC News - 13th December 2017

West Ham United v Arsenal: All you need to know

Having bested Chelsea in the last match, West Ham United return to action just a couple of days later against Arsenal on Wednesday.

Read on for all the information you need ahead of this midweek fixture!

Where and when?

West Ham United will welcome Arsenal to London Stadium on Wednesday 13 December 2017, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm.

How to follow:

West Ham United v Arsenal will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4k UHD, with coverage beginning at 7:15pm.
Live match updates will be provided through the official West Ham Twitter account.
You can also follow the game live via our Matchday Blog on
You can also follow the match on our official Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat channels.

Meet the opposition:

Team news:

David Moyes will offer an update on his team selection when he faces the media on Tuesday afternoon at Rush Green for his press conference.

The press conference is set to begin at 1.30pm on Tuesday.

What they say:
Now it's a busy month and we're going to have a game every three days so it's going to be hard. I'm going to work hard to make sure I'm ready for Wednesday!
Marko Arnautovic

Match Officials:

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant Referees: Eddie Smart and Harry Lennard
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson
Last five meetings:

How to get there:
There are four Underground stations that supporters should utilise to reach London Stadium: Stratford Station, Stratford International, Hackney Wick and Pudding Mill Lane. All four are expected to be running with decent service on matchday.
By Train

Betway Insider's View of the Opposition: Arsenal

Having recorded a brilliant 1-0 win over champions Chelsea on Saturday, West Ham will be confident of another upset when they host Arsenal on Tuesday night. The Gunners head to London Stadium on the back of a disappointing draw at Southampton, and will need to improve upon their recent performances away from home to have a chance of beating the Hammers, who look resolute and organised under David Moyes. Arsene Wenger's side have only won two of their eight Premier League away games this season, and they've already been beaten by Stoke, Liverpool, Watford and Manchester City on their travels.
They could be susceptible to a slow start against West Ham, given that they conceded after just 127 seconds against Southampton on Sunday and let in two goals in 11 minutes in their previous game against Manchester United. The Hammers broke the deadlock against Chelsea after just six minutes on Saturday, and that was the third time that they've scored in the first half in their last four games. There have been at least three goals scored in 10 of the last 11 meetings between these two sides, and it's safe to expect another high-scoring game on Tuesday night, given how open Arsenal have been this season.
The north Londoners are among the league's highest scorers with 30 goals in 16 games, but they've also let in eight in their last five away from home.
Shkodran Mustafi is likely to miss the game, leaving Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker to start alongside Nacho Monreal in the Arsenal back three.
To have a chance of taking all three points, West Ham will need to take advantage of that defensive fragility and build a healthy lead, given Arsenal's knack of scoring late goals. Olivier Giroud's 88th-minute equaliser at St Mary's was the Gunners' seventh goal in the final 10 minutes of matches this season, and they've notched three injury-time strikes in their last four away games in the league.

Recommended bets

West Ham to score in first half – 13/8
Arsenal to score between 76-90 mins – 8/5
Over 2.5 goals – 7/10

Moyes: Enjoying the job, getting more out of Marko and respect for Wenger

David Moyes enjoyed speaking to the broadcast media ahead of Wednesday's Premier League derby with Arsenal at London Stadium. The West Ham United manager was all smiles after recording his first win as Hammers boss against champions Chelsea at the weekend. Now, with match-winner Marko Arnautovic returning to his best form, Moyes is relishing the midweek clash with old foe Arsene Wenger and the Gunners...

I enjoy that winning feeling

Saturday's win over Chelsea was my first as West Ham United manager and was certainly what I wanted from the game, and what the team wanted.
I could sense the team's attitude was improving all the time and we are having to change a few things around so, at the end of the game, it was a brilliant result for us to beat Chelsea at home. Chelsea had gone eight games unbeaten and had a really great record, so I'd have to say it was a great result for us and, in the end, hopefully it's a valuable three points come the end of the season. I don't know if there was a gloom when I took over, but I certainly arrived to work with a team that had struggled to win any games. I have to say I've really enjoyed my time here and I'm really enjoying coaching and working with them.
What I really enjoy is winning and I got a great win on Saturday to go with how I'm feeling!

Marko's form shows players are taking responsibility

People have commented positively about the form of Marko Arnautovic in recent matches. Ultimately, Marko has come as a big signing with big expectation here. Everybody knows he is a really good player, he was a really good player at Stoke City, maybe of a type, and we had to make sure we got at least out of him what he showed at Stoke City, and if we can get any more than even better. We've told the players we need to work a bit harder and play more together as a team and, if we do that will help us get results.
Am I more ruthless as a manager now than I have been in my previous roles? I could possibly say that but it's always been my style. Players have changed and sometimes they can't take it when they're getting it. In days gone by you'd hear all about hairdryers and all that, but the players are less and less accepting of that nowadays! I've had no real need to be ruthless since I've come to West Ham, though, because the players are giving great effort. If they didn't get their effort right, I'd certainly let them know. I said to the players when I came in, 'Don't be telling me at lunchtime that you're working too hard' because before it was down to them perhaps not doing enough. Players have to take a bit of responsibility as well.

We'll have to work hard to keep Arsenal out

If you talk about Arsenal, they're a really good football team with excellent players in their side, but we need to find a way of getting a result. That's what we have to do here at West Ham. We're in a run of really difficult games. We picked up three vital points on Saturday and we're aware of Arsenal's qualities and, if we can score another early goal, we'll be thrilled.
Arsene Wenger has had great longevity and his energy to keep doing the job in a really difficult time for football coaches to be in a job so long, he's done a brilliant job at Arsenal over the years and I respect him for the work he does. I want to beat his Arsenal teams every time I play them but I have to admire anybody who can put that amount of effort and energy into one club. I really like Aaron Ramsey and it will undoubtedly be to Arsenal's detriment if he is not available for Wednesday's game. I tried to sign him for Everton before he went to Arsenal and he's turned out to be a terrific player, as everybody knows.
Jack Wilshere is also an excellent footballer, but maybe had a few injury problems have kept him back a little bit. I'm not an expert on Arsenal and I couldn't tell you if they are a better side with Aaron Ramsey or Jack Wilshere, but whoever will be play will be good players. Olivier Giroud scored against me last year at Sunderland. He's important for Arsenal and gives them another option, but who knows if he'll start after he scored off the bench on Sunday?
Overall, they've got good forwards and a good team and we'll have to work hard to keep them out.

Team news: Kouyate back in training, Chicharito and Carroll getting fitter

David Moyes could name an unchanged starting XI for West Ham United's Premier League derby with Arsenal on Wednesday.
The manager reported a clean bill of health from his team following Saturday's outstanding 1-0 victory over champions Chelsea, with Michail Antonio fit for selection after being forced off through sheer exhaustion against the Blues. Fellow forwards Chicharito and Andy Carroll are getting fitter as they continue their respective returns from injury, while midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has returned to full training after missing the weekend win with a knock picked up at Manchester City. Only Swiss midfielder Edimilson Fernandes, who was an unused substitute at the weekend, looks set to miss the visit of the Gunners after suffering an ankle injury in training on Monday. "Cheikhou has returned a little bit to training, so we're hoping we can get him back quite quickly," Moyes told broadcasters at his pre-match press conference. "Obviously Chicharito and Andy Carroll were back on the bench at the weekend. "James Collins is coming on a little bit as well, but he won't be ready for the game. We've got a couple of long-termers [in Sam Byram and Jose Fonte], so we're pretty much as we were, really."The only one who is a little doubt is Edi Fernandes, who hurt his ankle in training. That's it."

The manager was also asked about the goalkeeping situation and responded by saying that, while Adrian is the man in possession of the gloves for now, Joe Hart can expect to be called upon again as the season progresses. Moyes also dismissed speculation that the England international's loan deal might be terminated in January. "I'm sure Joe has been No1 throughout his career, wherever he has been, and there has been somebody else who has worked alongside him. "At this moment in time, Adrian went in goal at Man City and played well and he did so again on Saturday. I am sure Joe will give Adrian all the respect from that position. "Joe is good in the dressing room, he's a really good guy and his level experience and the games and competitions he has played in are important for us and I can tell you now that he'll play a lot of games for West Ham between now and the end of the season. "I hope Adrian keeps playing well, but there will be games for Joe. Adrian is going to have to play well. I'm really pleased I have two good goalkeepers and them to be competitive. Joe is here and if I'm correct I don't think his loan contract allows him to go back anyway."My job is to pick the West Ham team and not pick the England team. Gareth Southgate is a really good coach and he'll know exactly what he wants."

Antonio: West Ham fans have important role to play vs Arsenal

Michail Antonio has hailed the support the West Ham United fans offer the team and has called on them to play an 'important role' in Wednesday's Premier League clash with Arsenal. London Stadium omitted a thunderous noise on Saturday as supporters cheered the Hammers on to an impressive 1-0 victory over reigning Champions Chelsea, while the backing in recent matches against Leicester City and Manchester City has also been praised by manager David Moyes and other first team players. Antonio has added his voice to the list of individuals who have noted the incredible support from the West Ham faithful, revealing that the support serves as inspiration to himself and his teammates. The 27-year-old has called on the fans to again bring the noise against Arsenal, to push the Irons on to another victory.
When asked about the fans' support Antonio said: "It's massive. It gives us the extra 10% we need. We're out there and we're building. We've not been winning games so our confidence has been a bit low, so the fans being behind us gives us that lift, that extra boost, to go out there and run more and do more. "It's another London derby on Wednesday and the fans will have another important role to play – to make sure we can really hear them!"
The Hammers were hailed for their efforts in the victory against Chelsea but Antonio reckons that the bar was set in the trip to the Etihad Stadium a week prior. "I think we set the bar against Manchester City," Antonio added. "We showed we can press and can be in a game against the best. They are top of the league by eleven points and we've held them until 80-odds minutes. We showed our resiliency and then we've gone and beat the Champions. "We've set the bar and we don't want to drop the standards below it. We believe we can go out there, and as long as we have the work-rate, the fans are behind us, we can do it."
West Ham were on the receiving end of a pair of defeats at the hand of Arsenal last season but Antonio insists that it's not about what the Gunners can do, but what West Ham can instead do to Arsene Wenger's side. And the versatile forward is confident that he and his teammates will have a gameplan that can halt the north London side. He added: "It's not about what they do, it's about what we can do to them. That's exactly the thing we were concentrating on against City and what we were thinking about against Chelsea. "Everything we thought we could do to them, it worked for us, so we will have our game plan against Arsenal and we think it will work for us."

Pearce: Competition between Adrian and Joe Hart is healthy for the Hammers

Stuart Pearce says competition for the No1 goalkeeping position between Adrian and Joe Hart can only be healthy for West Ham United. The Spaniard and England international have been vying for the starting spot in David Moyes' side in recent weeks, with Adrian replacing Hart when the latter's loan ruled in ineligible for the recent trip to Manchester City. The two-time Hammer of the Year runner-up produced a fine display at the Etihad Stadium and kept his place for Saturday's 1-0 win over Premier League champions Chelsea, with Hart making do with a place on the substitutes' bench.
Pearce, who handed a then-teenage Hart his Manchester City debut back in 2006 and later took him to two UEFA European Championship finals with England U21s, said the 30-year-old reacted positively to his demotion and expects him to fight hard to win a starting place back. At the same time, the coaching assistant believes Adrian will give everything to retain his current position in Moyes' XI "Firstly, I think the criticism he got, he's thought everyone in the team has got to take a responsibility when the team concedes goals," Pearce told BBC Radio 5 Live's Monday Night Club. "He's been left very, very open. I covered a few games before I went in at West Ham and he's been left very vulnerable, there's no doubt about that. "I've got to say that we're in a situation here, like every other club, where everyone is competing for the jersey. I know Joe very well obviously from my time at City and England and he's the type of character who will roll his sleeves up. "We want two goalkeepers at this football club, at least, with a young goalkeeper pushing them as well, vying for the No1 jersey.
"I think Adrian played extremely well at Man City, and Joe wasn't dropped for that game obviously, because the loan situation meant he couldn't play, but every football club knows that competition for places is healthy and Joe knows he has to roll his sleeves up and fight to get his place back at club level, and also to keep his England place for the summer."

Speaking more generally about West Ham's improved resilience and physical output in their last two matches, Pearce says the squad as a whole have responded to the demand for hard work and intensity in every single training session. "David has asked them to up their performance, both on the training pitch and in matches as well and you've only got to look at the body language of Michail Antonio and Marko Arnatovic, as they put some miles in during the game on Saturday," he observed. "If you don't do that in this division, you're not going to win games. If you're one of the top six teams, you can turn up and play at 95 per cent and still win a game, but if you're not one of the top six, you've got to be flat out and more each week."

On Wednesday, West Ham face their third consecutive fixture against one of those 'top six' clubs, when they welcome Arsenal to London Stadium. And the England great and former Hammers defender expects the home side to produce another organised, disciplined and hard-working display against Arsene Wenger's talented Gunners. While some groups of players may resent being told to 'work hard first, express yourself second', Pearce says the West Ham squad have responded overwhelmingly positively to Moyes' message. "I think they can when they see results in terms of their performance and the results they get from that, if you like. "They have got to see that 'Hang on, the way you are asking me to play as an individual is getting the best out of me and the best out of the team' and the best way of doing that is through performances. There has been a decent feel-good factor around the last two performances, no doubt about that."

Ogbonna: We need to focus for Arsenal test

Angelo Ogbonna is calling for more of the same when West Ham United take on Arsenal in their second London derby of the week on Wednesday. The Hammers saw off the challenge of Chelsea with a terrific performance at the weekend, protecting the lead given to them by Marko Arnautovic's early goal with aplomb to shut out the Premier League champions. That came hot on the heels of a similarly solid display at Manchester City, which could have yielded more than a 2-1 loss for the visitors, and Ogbonna says that level of focus is required again when the Gunners come to town. "We are already confident – we did really well against Manchester City," the defender said. "We didn't get any points that day, but we deserved the result against Chelsea. "We are looking at the present, not at what happened today or yesterday. We have to concentrate and step ahead again [when we play Arsenal]. "We did a really great job against Chelsea, not just in defending but for everyone. The way Michail Antonio ran in behind was fantastic for us, and for me personally, it was a huge game."We'll need the fans with us too, like they always are. We saw great support from the fans against Leicester and Chelsea and it's really important to have them behind us."

West Ham United v Arsenal
Venue: London Stadium


West Ham forward Javier Hernandez was an unused substitute at the weekend but could feature after five weeks out with a hamstring injury. Cheikhou Kouyate could return after a hamstring problem while Edimilson Fernandes's ankle will be assessed.

Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey, who sustained a hamstring injury in the weekend draw with Southampton. Shkodran Mustafi remains sidelined with a thigh problem while Santi Cazorla is a long-term injury absentee.


Steve Bower: "Two weeks ago this looked a very different fixture. West Ham had just conceded four at Goodison Park and were seven games without a league win, while Arsenal had routinely put five past Huddersfield to stay in touch with the top four. "Since then, West Ham have pushed the leaders all the way and unexpectedly beaten the champions, but Arsenal have only picked up a point from their last two games and began the week out of the Champions League places. "The question now is whether the Hammers can use the win over Chelsea as a springboard to upset another of the big boys? "Saturday's win will provide a huge injection of belief and, after the weekend draw at Southampton, Arsenal will be fully aware of the need to get back on track."

Twitter: @SteveBowerComm


West Ham manager David Moyes on Adrian playing instead of Joe Hart: "There will be games for Joe and Adrian is going to have to play well. I'm lucky to have two good goalkeepers and at the moment Adrian has got the jersey. "My job is to pick the West Ham team, not to pick the England team."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "West Ham were unlucky against Manchester City and will be confident after Chelsea. They will be a tricky opponent."


I am backing West Ham to get something against an Arsenal team who started slowly against Southampton on Sunday and ended up dropping more points.

Prediction: 1-1



West Ham's only win in the past 19 competitive meetings came at the Emirates Stadium in August 2015 (D3, L15).
The Hammers haven't beaten Arsenal at home in nine league games since a 1-0 win in 2006, when substitute Marlon Harewood scored a last-minute winner (D2, L7).
The last three top-flight games between these sides have produced 15 goals. Arsenal were 5-1 winners at the London Stadium last December, with Alexis Sanchez scoring a hat-trick.
West Ham United

The Hammers earned their first league win in nine attempts by beating Chelsea on Saturday (D3, L5).
It was also David Moyes' first victory in his fifth game in charge.
This will be an unprecedented 42nd consecutive Premier League matchday in which a team led by Moyes has started in the relegation zone.
West Ham's three Premier League wins have all come at home, having also beaten Huddersfield and Swansea.
The Hammers are aiming to win home matches against both Chelsea and Arsenal in the same season for the first time since 1986-87.

Arsenal have won just two of their eight top-flight away matches this season (D2, L4).
They have conceded 32 Premier League away goals in 2017. Only West Ham (35), Stoke and Watford (33 each) have let in more.
The Gunners could go three league games without a win for the first time since April.
Nine of Arsenal's 11 defeats in 2017 have come away from home.
Mesut Ozil has scored in his last three Premier League games against West Ham.

SAM's verdict
Most probable score: 0-1 Probability of draw: 23%
Probability of home win: 18% Probability of away win: 59%
SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) is a super-computer created by @ProfIanMcHale at the University of Liverpool that is used to predict the outcome of football matches.

West Ham: Why has London Stadium move been so problematic?
By Simon Stone
BBC Sport

In May 2016, when West Ham were making their final preparations before completing their move to the London Stadium, co-owner David Sullivan addressed the thorny issue of leaving Upton Park. "Yes," he said, it was quite possible, indeed probable that "half of our fans don't want to move". But it would soon become apparent the decision was right, he insisted.
Citing modern transport links and better toilet facilities as obvious areas of improvement, Sullivan felt that, while not everything in their new home was perfect, particularly the distance from the main stand to the pitch, it would only take six months for supporters to be shown the wisdom of West Ham's momentous relocation This was the venue, after all, where Usain Bolt won three Olympic gold medals and Super Saturday became part of British sporting folklore. The transition is taking longer than Sullivan thought. West Ham are almost a season and a half into their settling-in period and it is fair to say no-one is entirely happy.

Rented offices and shuttle buses to the stadium

Part way through their debut campaign at the London Stadium, manager Slaven Bilic identified a problem. While the pitch size is a Premier League standard 105m x 68m, Bilic felt the green colour that surrounds it disorientated the players and made them feel the arena was bigger than it actually was.

Was it possible to have a different colour, he asked?

West Ham were willing to pay the £250,000 estimated cost and they suggested claret, which would at least give the space, which is needed for athletics events but an oddity in a football stadium, a homely look. The answer from the organisation that runs the stadium, E20, came back that it was not possible. West Ham could have blue, which was in keeping with the London Olympic venue, but nothing else. They decided to keep things as they were. It is just one of the inherent frustrations West Ham, as tenants, have with the stadium.

Last summer, after Pablo Zabaleta completed his move from Manchester City, the normal welcoming pictures were done from the London Eye. That was because apart from their normal office space, West Ham could not use the London Stadium, which had been turned into a building site as it was being used by UK Athletics in the build-up to the World Championships.

Staff members using West Ham's stadium office could not park in the normal car park and were offered the use of shuttle buses to get them from the alternative parking area.

Last month, the Hammers had to pay to use the stadium for David Moyes' unveiling as their new manager.

When £50,000 spirals to £11.8m

On 1 December, London mayor Sadiq Khan announced he had taken control of the stadium following publication of a review that was hugely critical of previous administrations. The review calculated that the stadium will lose £24m during the 2017-18 season. This deficit is largely due to a business plan that has proved to be wholly inadequate.

Turning the stadium into a football venue after the Olympics cost £323m rather than the projected £190m, which the review regarded as "unrealistic". In their own early bid to take over the running of the venue, Tottenham Hotspur said it would cost around £320m to knock the Olympic Stadium down and build a football-specific one on the same site.

Changing the seating arrangement for the 2017 World Athletics Championships and putting it back again was £11.8m. The initial budget from March 2013 had been £50,000. In business plans as recent as March 2016, the cost was budgeted at £300,000 even though the tender for the work exceeded £1m. The mayor's office has pledged to speak with West Ham and UK Athletics in a bid to "address flaws in the existing arrangements", reduce their own costs and make the stadium financially viable.

Toilets and tea - fans' goodwill disappearing fast

On Saturday, West Ham beat London rivals Chelsea 1-0. Along with a similar success against Tottenham in May, it was one of the few high spots since the club moved out of Upton Park. A crowd of 56,953 proved that, contrary to popular belief, the stadium is capable of generating a positive atmosphere. Yet the underlying view remains a negative one.

Mark Walker, interim chairman of the West Ham United Independent Supporters' Association, said that rather than getting used to their new surroundings, the opposite is now true. "A lot of the goodwill from before we moved in has been lost," he said. "Fans feel it has not lived up to the expectations or promises that were made."The transport links are not as good as anticipated. The distance between the pitch and the stands is too big. "The fans who sit at the back of the upper tier of the stand have no toilet. They can't get a cup of tea. "The idea of going into a new stadium was to attract more fans. For that to happen, you need success on the pitch, and results have been woeful. We are still third from bottom even after a tremendous result like beating Chelsea. If we lose to Arsenal on Wednesday and Stoke at the weekend, we could be bottom by Christmas."

'Upton Park wasn't the Upton Park of years ago'

Ken Dyer has been watching West Ham since the 1950s, first as a young boy with his dad, then as a highly-respected journalist for the London Evening Standard.
Dyer always felt moving away from such an iconic stadium as Upton Park would be fraught with difficulties, both emotional and physical. However, he does not feel the club had much choice given how top-flight football in England has evolved into far more than a Saturday afternoon out for a local fan. He said: "Upton Park is part of my life. It was a wrench to leave, like leaving a home you have been in for 40 years. "If you wanted an experience that was almost 100% different to Upton Park, this would be it, even though it is only three miles down the road. "But Upton Park wasn't the Upton Park I remember from years ago. It had lost a bit of its atmosphere. Most grounds have over the years. "There are fans, younger ones with families, who find the facilities at the London Stadium are so much better. "Gradually it is starting to feel like home. But sometimes it has been two steps forward and three back. It has taken a long time and they are not there yet."

Stuart Pearce returned to West Ham last month as assistant manager, rejoining a club he played for between 1999 and 2001. "It does feel like a different club," he said. "In many ways football clubs don't change their DNA. That comes from the terraces, the fans and the long-serving staff. "Lots of us in football have this rose-tinted vision of what things used to be like. But make no mistake, only a fraction of it was like our memory tells us it was. "West Ham have got a fantastic stadium and I think it's important that we create history in that stadium. There's nothing to be gained for West Ham by saying 'it's not a football stadium'. All that does is benefit the other 19 teams in the Premier League. "What we have to do is say 'this is our home, let's create some fantastic memories'. The two games we've played there since I returned, against Leicester and Chelsea, the crowd have been brilliant."

What happens next?

It is impossible to argue West Ham did not negotiate a great deal when they struck an agreement to pay £2.5m for 25 "event days" per year. The stadium loses £2.25m simply by letting them play matches there due to costs such as stewarding, policing, catering and turnstile operation that they are responsible for.
It is understood West Ham are not unwilling to increase their overall contribution. However, as with any negotiation, they will only hand over more cash if it results in them getting greater flexibility in their use of the stadium and an ability to manipulate it into a venue that serves their purposes to a far greater degree than it does at the moment.
For their part, the mayor's office are not willing to publicly state what may be on the table as a bargaining tool at such an early stage of what are likely to become extensive negotiations. Sorting out the naming rights issue is an imperative, which is obvious from the review, and requires West Ham's involvement if revenues are going to be maximised. And all this against the backdrop of a potential relegation battle that, unless it is won, would be a financial catastrophe and turn the London Stadium into the biggest ground in the second tier since Manchester United were relegated in 1974.

Merson unsure on unpredictable Hammers
Filed: Tuesday, 12th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

Former Arsenal star and TV pundit Paul Merson believes West Ham can potentially upset the apple cart for a second time inside a week. Having beaten reigning champions Chelsea at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday lunchtime, Merson warned that David Moyes's side could repeat that feat by knocking the Gunners off their perch tomorrow night, when the two sides meet in the first of two encounters this month.
However he still backed his former side to come out on top - due to West Ham's 'obscene' effort in beating Antonio Conte's side. "West Ham are a bag of Revels," he said. "I watched them play at Everton, and they were absolutely slaughtered. "They were so poor. They then could have got a result at Man City - and then they beat Chelsea. "I still think Arsenal will win this, because Arsenal do have joy at West Ham. And they put so much into that win over Chelsea they might not have much left in the tank."
Arsenal, who failed to qualify for the Champions League last season go into the game fifth in the table, but in mixed form. A 6-0 Europa League win against Bate Borisov last week was sandwiched between a draw and Southampton and a home defeat against Manchester United - although Arsene Wenger's side enjoyed a run of four straight wins prior to that disappointment.

Moyes: an(other) early goal could be key
Filed: Tuesday, 12th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

David Moyes says that he would be delighted if West Ham could score another early goal against Arsenal tomorrow night - as they did against Chelsea last weekend.

Marko Arnautovic's seventh-minute strike was enough to win the Hammers all three points against the reigning champions last weekend - and Moyes admits he will be absolutely delighted if his team can get off to another flyer against the Gunners. "Arsenal, they're a really good team with excellent players," he said during his pre-match press conference at Rush Green. "We need to find a way of getting a result. If we can score another early goal, we'll be thrilled."

And the Hammers boss also predicted that his side would be in for a tough test, regardless of which particular eleven players opposite number Arsene Wenger decided to field. "I'm not an expert on Arsenal, but whoever plays will be good players," he added. "I tried to sign Aaron Ramsey for Everton before he went to Arsenal and he's turned out to be a terrific player. Jack Wilshere is also an excellent footballer, but maybe some of his injury problems have held him back. "Olivier Giroud scored against me last year at Sunderland. He's important for Arsenal and who knows if he'll start after he scored off the bench on Sunday? They've got good forwards and we'll have to work hard to keep them out. "Arsene Wenger's done a brilliant job over the years and I respect him for what he does. I want to beat his Arsenal teams every time, though, even though I admire what he has achieved there!" We'll have more for you from Moyes' pre-match presser later in the day.

New arrivals imminent, promises Sullivan
Filed: Tuesday, 12th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has told West Ham supporters to expect "two or three" new arrivals in next month's transfer window.
Sullivan, writing for the Arsenal edition of the club's match day programme insists that David Moyes' squad is set to be improved by the new arrivals - although the manager is yet to determine which areas are in most need of a boost. "David [Moyes] is still weighing up the areas we are short in but you can be rest assured two or three players will be brought in to improve the team," writes Sullivan. "Before then, we have players available again after injury, with more set to return soon, too, so there is competition for places."

One area in which Moyes is thought to be keen to improve is in attack, with Diafra Sakho still determined to leave for pastures new and Andy Carroll no more reliable than he has ever been. That has resulted in West Ham being linked with the likes of Danny Ings (Liverpool) and Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), the latter potentially on loan for the remainder of the season. Moyes is also thought to be keen on signing a defensive midfielder to assist the likes of Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate, the latter of whom has been unsettled at West Ham for some considerable time.

Roll your sleeves up and fight, Pearce tells Hart
Filed: Tuesday, 12th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United coaching assistant Stuart Pearce has told England goalkeeper Joe Hart he has a fight on his hands to win back his starting spot. The experienced goalkeeper, who joined West Ham on a season-long loan last summer lost his place to Adrian against Chelsea last weekend having been forced to sit out the trip to parent club Manchester City the week before.
And Pearce, who returned to West Ham last month as part of David Moyes new regime has instructed Hart - who is desperate to regain his place in the team, with the World Cup Finals just six months away - to keep giving 100 per cent effort in training if he wishes to regain his first team spot. ""We want two goalkeepers at this football club, at least, vying for the #1 jersey," Pearce told "Joe knows he has to roll his sleeves up and fight to get his place back at club level, and also to keep his England place for the summer. "Adrian played extremely well at Man City - Joe wasn't dropped for that game - but every football club knows that competition for places is healthy. "We're in a situation here where everyone is competing for the jersey. I know Joe very well from my time at [Manchester] City and England and he's the type of character who will roll his sleeves up and fight to get his place back."
However Pearce defended the England stopper against recent criticism, insisting that West Ham's leaky defence was just as culpable for the team having the Premier League's worst defensive record. "He's been left very, very open," added Pearce. "I covered a few games before I went in at West Ham and he's been left very vulnerable, there's no doubt about that. As for the criticism he got, he thought everyone in the team has to take responsibility when the team concedes goals."
Meanwhile David Moyes, speaking in his pre-match press conference this afternoon insisted that there would be an opportunity for Hart to shine again - but insisted that his only priority was to pick the best team for West Ham. "I'm sure Joe will give Adrian all the respect from his position," he said. "He's good in the dressing room, his experience is important and he'll play a lot of games for West Ham between now and the end of the season. "I hope Adrian keeps playing well, but there will be games for Joe. I'm really pleased I have two good goalkeepers. Joe is here and if I'm correct I don't think his loan contract allows him to go back."My job is to pick the West Ham team and not the England team."

Tale of the tape: 2017/18 so far

Joe Hart
Played: 14 (Premier League 14, Carabao Cup 0)
Goals Conceded: 30
Average goals conceded per game: 2.14

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Played: 5 (Premier League 2, Carabao Cup 3)
Goals Conceded: 4
Average goals conceded per game: 0.80

Wenger wary of newly-confident West Ham
Filed: Tuesday, 12th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

Arsene Wenger says his Arsenal side will face a game against a "condifent and dangerous" West Ham at the Olympic Stadium tomorrow night. Wenger, speaking to the media ahead of Arsenal's visit to the Olympic Stadium insisted that the Hammers would be full of enthusiasm and fresh resolve following their defeat of reigning champions Chelsea on Saturday. "It will be a tough test because they were unlucky against [Manchester] City and certainly built some confidence against Chelsea," he said. "So it will be a game against a West Ham team with more confidence who will be more dangerous as well. "They've also had 24 hours more recovery than us so that have a big advantage on that front. "They had a good manager before in [Slaven] Bilic, who did an excellent job. [David] Moyes has big experience to build them up again, he has shown that recently so I'm not surprised they're improving as he has big experience in the Premier League."

Wenger also revealed that he wasn't expecting a repeat of last season's corresponding fixture, when Arsenal ran out 5-1 winners. "At the time West Ham were a bit short of confidence - and we took advantage of that," he added. The Frenchman also confirmed that Arsenal will be without one or two key figures as the north London side attempt to keep within touching distance of the Premier League's front runners. "[Shkodran] Mustafi will not be back as the medical staff have decided that he's not completely ready, and we lost [Aaron] Ramsey against Southampton," he confirmed. "He will not be available for tomorrow's game. It's a hamstring injury, but not a big one. "Everybody else, apart from the long-term injury [to Santi Cazorla], looks available. We have tests this morning to see how they have recovered."

Wenger also confirmed that he was still considering rotating certain members of his squad, in order to keep them fresh for the busy Christmas period. "I have not made that decision completely so I will have to look first of all at how some players have recovered," he said. "We look at how much energy they spent, how they recover and after I make my decisions, adding to that the balance of the team."

Call forth the spirit of Chelsea
Filed: Tuesday, 12th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

Pablo Zabaleta says West Ham need to show the same desire and determination they did to beat Chelsea, when Arsenal visit the Olympic Stadium tomorrow night. Having put the Blues to the sword on Saturday afternoon, the Hammers have a chance to make it two derby wins out of two inside a week when the Gunners provide the next opposition at Stratford. And the Argentinian defender challenged his team mates to repeat that outstanding performance and produce a win that would almost certainly take West Ham out of the relegation zone. "We showed in the last two games that we are a good team with spirit, commitment and discipline," he told "We need to show that for 90 minutes. "Hopefully we can put another good performance in against Arsenal on Wednesday night. I'm sure the supporters will be behind us. "We should have more points so we need to learn from our mistakes and keep moving forward."

Meanwhile club captain Mark Noble - who played a pivotal role against Chelsea last weekend having been benched for the previous two outings - also issued a rallying call to his team mates. "I do like winning local derbies," he said. "Chelsea, Spurs, and we've got another one on Wednesday night. When the atmosphere's like that it's really hard for the other team to play. "My fingers are going to be crossed because after the Chelsea game, when we put so much in, we need to replicate that and do it all over again."

Wenger keen to keep Giroud
Filed: Tuesday, 12th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

Arsene Wenger says he wants Olivier Giroud to stay and fight for his place at Arsenal - despite reports linking the French international with a loan move in January. Despite having plenty of choices in attack, West Ham are one of several clubs to have been linked with a short-term loan move for the French star who has one eye on next summer's World Cup Finals. However Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger - who brings his side to east London tomorrow night for another big London derby - says he would prefer to keep Giroud at the Emirates. "He's a very good player," Wenger told reporters. "I have plenty of good strikers, but I cannot play them all together. "He's a very important player I have great respect for. I am a great admirer of Giroud. If you look at his career since he came here, look how many French caps he's got since he has been at Arsenal, he has not wasted his time. "I can understand the frustration of every player that doesn't play, but that's part of the job when you go to a big club. But when you have three games in six days like this week, there will be an opportunity to start.
"Personally, I want him to stay at the club until the end of the season, then we will see."

The 31-year-old forward - who is also said to be on Crystal Palace's radar - has spent the last five years at Arsenal, but fears he could lose his spot in France's World Cup squad if he isn't playing on a regular basis. West Ham were previously linked with a move for Giroud last summer, but the club's interest fell through when he insisted he was happy at Arsenal. "I am Arsenal player and for the moment I am here," he said. "I just want to prepare well for the season and we will see later. I've been here for five years - next year could be my sixth one and I am still an Arsenal player for the moment."

David Moyes: Adrian has the No 1 jersey at West Ham
Last Updated: 12/12/17 3:45pm

David Moyes says Adrian has reclaimed the goalkeeper's jersey at West Ham and insists Joe Hart will not be leaving the club during January's transfer window.
Hart relinquished the No 1 jersey after conceding 16 goals in six league games between October 20 and November 29, with Adrian taking over for matches against Manchester City and Chelsea - and performing well in both. But Moyes has no intention of allowing the England international to change clubs in January, in order to improve his chances of playing at next year's World Cup Finals in Russia. And the West Ham boss expects Hart to feature in many games between now and the end of the season. Regarding Hart's current status at the London Stadium, Moyes said: "At this moment in time, Adrian played well at Man City (where Hart was ineligible) and again on Saturday. "I'm sure Joe will give Adrian all the respect. Joe's a real good guy. He's good in the dressing room and the big thing is his level of experience. He's played in so many big games. "And I'll tell you this, he'll play a lot of games for West Ham between now and the end of the season. "I'm fortunate to have two really good goalkeepers who are competitive and Adrian will have to play well. But, at the moment, Adrian has got the jersey."
When pressed on whether he would show compassion and allow Hart to further his World Cup ambitions by leaving next month, Moyes added: "My job is to pick the West Ham team, not the England team." Meanwhile, Moyes says he has been delighted by the squad's work ethic since taking over as manager from Slaven Bilic at the start of November.
When asked whether he has had to get tough with the squad, the Scot went on: "We're trying to make the players accountable for everything they do on the pitch. "I've told the players we need to work a bit harder as a team. "It's less and less likely players accept the hairdryer (treatment) now. But I've had no need to, because they have really put in the effort. "And if they hadn't I'd soon let them know. They're giving me the effort on the training pitch too."

West Ham v Arsenal preview: Aaron Ramsey and Shkodran Mustafi out
Last Updated: 12/12/17 7:15pm

Arsenal will be without Shkodran Mustafi and Aaron Ramsey when they travel to West Ham in the Premier League on Wednesday. Mustafi missed Sunday's 1-1 draw at Southampton due to a thigh problem while Ramsey sustained a hamstring injury late in the game at St Mary's. The draw was another setback for the Gunners away from home in the Premier League this season, with only two of their nine wins coming on the road.
West Ham, meanwhile, are buoyant following their 1-0 win over Chelsea at the London Stadium on Saturday - a result that lifted the Hammers to third-bottom in the table and level on points with 17th-placed West Brom. It also marked West Ham's first win in nine and David Moyes' first since taking charge at the club. "They rebuilt some confidence against Chelsea," said Wenger of the Hammers. "So it will be certainly a game with a West Ham team that is more confident. More dangerous as well."

Team news

Edimilson Fernandes is a doubt for West Ham after hurting his ankle in training. James Collins is not yet ready to return and Sam Byram and Jose Fonte remain out. Cheikhou Kouyate could return to the squad after he missed out against Chelsea with a hamstring problem.

Arsenal will be without Mustafi and Ramsey while Santi Cazorla (ankle) remains a long-term injury absentee.

Opta stats

West Ham have won just one of their last 18 Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W1 D3 L14), with this win coming at the Emirates in August 2015.
Gunners are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight away games against West Ham (W7 D2), since a 0-1 loss in November 2006.
This will be West Ham's 100th home London derby in the Premier League. They've won 36 of their previous 99 (D22 L41), including Saturday's 1-0 victory against Chelsea.
Despite beating reigning champions Chelsea on Saturday, this will be the 42nd consecutive Premier League matchday in which David Moyes has started in charge of a team in the relegation zone - a competition record.
Arsenal have conceded 32 Premier League goals away from home in 2017. Only West Ham (35) & Stoke & Watford (33 each) have shipped more.
No player has scored more substitute goals for a single Premier League team than Olivier Giroud - level with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd (17).
Mesut Ozil has scored in each of his last three Premier League games against West Ham, while also providing an assist in the last two.

Merson's prediction

West Ham are a bag of revels. I watched them play at Everton, and they were absolutely slaughtered. They were so poor. They then could have got a result at Man City then they beat Chelsea. I still think Arsenal will win this, because Arsenal do have joy at West Ham, and they put so much into that win over Chelsea they might not have much left in the tank.

Paul predicts: 1-3 (11/1 with Sky Bet)

By Tony Hanna 12 Dec 2017 at 08:00

Normally a new football manager gets an immediate "bounce" but we don't do normal and our one got three defeats and a draw to start his West Ham career. On his debut, Watford took the mickey in the final 30 minutes playing keep football to the opposition crowds ole's as we wilted to a 2-0 defeat. There was a glimmer of hope in the second game at home to Leicester as for once we got to see some sort of organisation and effort but still only a point. In Moyes third game, against Everton, any sense of optimism gained from the Leicester match was crushed as we wilted to a 4-0 defeat against a side that was as devoid of confidence and self belief as we were. To rub salt in the wounds there was Big Sam looking down from the stands watching his new safety project – chewing gum, thumbs up with a wide grin on his face. If I can analogise it was like watching the bird that dumped you showing off her new boyfriend to all and sundry. Not that Sam dumped us but when Frank Lampard used to score against us and then kiss the Chelsea badge it gave me the same sort of feeling.

The prospect of the next set of fixtures got most of us older Hammers fans reaching for the abacus. City, Chelsea and Arsenal – oh the joy! I went for 6-0 in the predictor against City– how about you? The signs that things are changing at West Ham were there for all to see though as we led 1-0 at half time until the inevitable happened. Why can't we play a Manchester City side without De Bruyne and David Silva? And so on to Chelsea. Why can't we play a Chelsea side without Eden Hazard? But this time it didn't matter and in fact beating a Chelsea side with Hazard and Kante in it makes it feel even better. It is often said that in the past we raise ourselves for the big games and we do the unexpected, but the last two performances have been light years ahead of much of what we have seen in recent months. So, are we turning the corner or are our we getting ahead of ourselves? That great barometer, you know the bookie guys with their professional, cold and unemotional outlook on the game of football seem to think the former. Before the City game we were even money to get relegated, that's a 50% chance. Now we are 11/4 – just a 26% chance despite still being in the bottom three. You might say that they have also been duly impressed.

But before we get carried away we need to learn many more lessons. Sitting back in an organised way on the back of a 1-0 lead against quality opposition is a different proposition to the games we face more often over the course of a season. Those games where the class difference is much closer and where many of these teams will try to do the same to us as we did to Chelsea. Antonio and Arny's pace and strength have looked good in tandem against City and Chelsea but how will they fare when we play the likes of West Brom and Stoke at the OS? After what has transpired over the past fortnight will Moyes revert back to his Duncan Ferguson style tactics now that Carroll has recovered from his knock? Where does Chico fit in – if at all? Moyes looks as though he has got us fit and organised enough to be hard to break down and beat but there will be different obstacles to overcome when we play teams where they are the ones sitting back looking to hit us on the break.

I have long been an admirer of Arthur Masuaku. Convinced he was a player of great talent it was always my belief he would improve defensively given time. Perhaps that will happen, perhaps it won't, but I have no doubt he has cemented his place in the team for now. What an exciting player he could become for us? On the other side of the coin I have also been banging the drum that Cresswell's form had dropped so much he shouldn't be seen anywhere near a West Ham shirt. Well, judging from the last few games the "old" Cresswell is back and I am so happy for Dan Coker who never lost the faith in him! Whilst I never gave up hope that fan favourite Adrian would get back into the West Ham team, I doubt it would have happened under Slaven Bilic? I base this on his all too long reluctance to give the Spaniard a recall despite Randolph's poor form last season. I have little doubt Adrian would have been angling for a January move but for Moyes giving him this new chance? I must say I have warmed to David Moyes. Whilst some say his pressers lack positivity I prefer the realism and honesty. The manager, the players and the supporters have been given a shot in the arm over the past week or so. Let's hope we can kick on from here.

Borussia Mönchengladbach's West Ham loanee Reece Oxford makes first Bundesliga start OFFICIAL WEBSITE

England Under-20 defender Reece Oxford made his first Bundesliga start in Borussia Mönchengladbach's 1-0 defeat to Freiburg on Matchday 16.
Oxford joined Gladbach on loan from English Premier League side West Ham United in the summer, but has only played a single minute in the Bundesliga so far, coming on as a late substitute in the 3-1 victory over Hoffenheim on Matchday 10.


First #Borussia start incoming for our @WestHamUtd loanee 🇬🇧#fohlenelf #SCFBMG
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There has been speculation surrounding the 18-year-old's future in Germany, with Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl insisting that the club "certainly want him to stay". Oxford, who played a key role for the Foals in pre-season, will be looking to kick on and help Gladbach in their quest to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.