West Ham are really chasing UEFA Champions League qualification being in 6th place after garnering 51 points from 31 games this season. The Hammers are three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and hope a slip on their part and The Red Devils will place them in line to participate in the European tournament next season.
Head Coach of the outfit, Slaven Bilic realizing this says his team would have to play a complete match to defeat third-placed Arsenal in the EPL this Saturday.
With Arsene Wenger still pursuing the EPL title this season, this just proves to be a long shot for Bilic.
Slaven Bilic in his first game as Manager of The Hammers defeated Arsenal by 2-0 at the Emirates last August.
The Croatian admits that his squad would have to be at in top form to defeat The Gunners. This would be the last meeting between both teams at current Stadium, Boleyn Ground. West Ham plans to move to The Olympic Stadium.
Bilic started with saying: “It was a major surprise [when we beat Arsenal] at the time, but we’ve shown throughout the season that it wasn’t a one-off. Arsenal are very dangerous in the beginning of games and they are in very good form. To beat Arsenal you have to play a complete game. When they have the ball, you have to reduce the gaps between the lines. It’s a big London derby. Arsenal are fighting for the championship so they will want to win all their remaining games – we both want the three points.”
He went on to say: “We are happy but we want to grab any possible situation in front of us. Arsenal are quite used to being in these situations year after year. There’s no point in talking about who are favorites.”