With Arsenal atop the Premier League table, six points clear of their nearest competition, the upcoming clash against West Ham United will be a pivotal match for both teams.
West Ham’s midfielder Flynn Downes speaks out
Flynn Downes, West Ham’s midfielder, admitted that this season hasn’t been their best in the Premier League but remains optimistic about the upcoming fixture. Speaking to the press on Friday, he emphasised the importance of their pursuit of the UEFA Conference League trophy and the need to stay focused on the Premier League survival.
Downes was quoted as saying, “We’re also looking at this competition as our chance to win a European trophy because it would be massive for everyone and that’s the goal at the end of the day.”
With West Ham United eager to make a statement against Arsenal, the Gunners must be prepared for a tough fight.
Fighting to stay above the relegation zone, West Ham will aim to use their recent draw in the UEFA Conference League as a stepping stone to a solid performance against the league leaders.
The Hammers have had some impressive results against the top six teams last season and are looking to replicate that success.
Downes confidently stated, “We certainly don’t fear Arsenal – they’re coming to our home, and we’re going to take them on. Bring on Sunday!”
Mikel Arteta on David Moyes
Speaking to the press on Friday, Mikel Arteta spoke highly of his former boss and current opponent David Moyes ahead of their meeting, stating that he admired and respected him as a coach and a person.
Arteta credited Moyes for giving him the right balance of challenge, support, love, and care, which got the best out of him as a player.
He added that he expected a difficult game against Moyes’ West Ham team and was ready to fight for the win.
“It’s more than respect, I think it’s admiration,” Arteta said.
“I loved playing under him. I would have gone through a brick wall for him when he was my manager, as everybody would in that squad.
“[He’s] a really good coach, exceptional at managing the group and dealing with individuals, and he’s a very special person, very trustworthy, and a man who honours his word. He always did it and he’s someone I learnt a lot from.
“He asked me to play in positions that I’ve never played in my life. The way he challenged me, but at the same time the way he gave me support, love and care – it was the right balance and it’s what I needed, and he got the best out of me. So, he was really, really helpful.
“It will be a very difficult game. We know, we’ve been there a few times and we always find really tricky and difficult games. I know David really well and how he’s going to prepare for the game as well, and we are ready. It’s going to be a fight; it’s going to be another big derby for us and we’re going to be at our best to win it.”