David Moyes has praised Arsene Wenger’s ‘longevity’ at Arsenal ahead of the Gunners’ trip to West Ham on Wednesday evening.
Although Moyes is obviously keen to beat the Gunners in the Premier League mid-week, the recently appointed West Ham boss has a lot of respect for Wenger. Well, who wouldn’t?
“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,” said the 54-year-old.
“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.”
Moyes is bound to see beating Arsenal as a personal goal considering he’s lost 17 out of the 28 times he’s encountered Wenger. Hardly an impressive record, to say the least.
What’s more, he’s only won four times and three of those happened while he was still in charge of Everton. The other one was in November 2013 during his brief stint in charge of Manchester United. Therefore, despite coaching Sunderland since, he’s yet to beat the Gunners in four years.
Saying this, it’s probably a good time for West Ham to face Arsenal. The Hammers managed to beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday before Arsenal narrowly drew with Southampton on Sunday. Therefore, not only have Moyes’ men had an extra day of rest, they’re also going to be feeling confident and plucky going into the clash in front of their rowdy home crowd.
Meanwhile, the Gunners’ egos seem pretty fragile and after that poor display at the weekend, it’s anyone’s guess how they’ll play at the London Stadium.