Mark Noble says he wants another derby win when Arsenal face West Ham on Wednesday, despite the Hammers’ poor record against the Gunners.
West Ham overcame Tottenham in the League Cup, and recently beat Chelsea in the Premier League, so Noble will be feeling pretty confident about the idea of another London derby.
“It’s nice to go home with a smile on my face,” he told Whufc.com. “I do like winning local derbies! Chelsea, Spurs, and we’ve got another one on Wednesday night [against Arsenal].
“When you play against these players and you play against teams like this that have so much money and can buy the best players in the world, you can’t just open up and match them up.
“You’ve got to realise that and you have to find a way to beat them. We found that way by defending, by counter-attacking and I don’t care if we defended for 90 minutes. We won the game.”
Most teams that come up against Arsenal tend to sit back. Other than Manchester City, who want the ball constantly, there aren’t too many who have more possession of the ball than the Gunners.
We’ve seen that in the last week, with the three matches against Southampton, BATE Borisov and Manchester United yielding an average 69% possession for Arsenal. Win, lose or draw, it’s pretty much always the same.
So, if West Ham want to win, they’ll have to defend and counter-attack for 90 minutes. But the Hammers really haven’t been very good at getting results against Arsenal in recent years…
In 2015/16, United took four points off the Gunners in the Premier League, but those were the only two positive results they’ve managed in the last 14 head-to-heads.
The other 12 games resulted in Arsenal wins, including a 5-1 and a 3-0 victory last season. Wenger’s men have been dominant in the fixture, and hopefully Wednesday will just be another case of wiping the smile off Noble’s face.