The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been pleased by their club’s progress in recent weeks, but they know they are not safe from relegation just yet.
David Moyes’ side have taken 5 points from their last 3 outings in the Premier League to move 6 points clear of 18th place Southampton with a game in hand. Evidently, the Hammers are in control of the situation and agonisingly close to securing their survival, but another victory against Arsenal today would more or less confirm the preservation of their Premier League status for another year.
Travelling to the Emirates to face Arsenal never represents an easy task, but there’s no better time for West Ham to take on Arsene Wenger’s side. The Gunners are set to welcome Atletico Madrid to North-London on Thursday evening for the first-leg of their Europa League semi-final clash, so there’s no doubt Wenger will have one eye on that fixture when he selects his team.
Quite simply, Arsenal will be there for the taking, and if West Ham play like their Premier League lives depend on it today they will have a great chance of walking away from the fixture with all three-points. Every single one of Moyes’ players will need to be at the top of their game to clinch victory despite Arsenal’s obvious distraction, but the performance of Mark Noble (valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt) could prove to be the difference between the two sides.
West Ham’s captain has played an instrumental role in the club’s progress in recent months with his combative displays in central-midfield, and if he leads by example once again today then his side should be able to win the all-important midfield battle. When Noble plays well, his fellow teammates react and improve accordingly, so the importance of his impact simply cannot be underestimated.
The Hammers have a fantastic opportunity to take a decisive step forwards to achieving survival today with a win over Arsenal and, considering their opponents will be saving themselves for Thursday evening, they will surely achieve victory if Mark Noble is able to grab the game by the scruff of the neck from the first whistle.
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