Slaven Bilic post-match interview after Arsenal- Team lacks intensity even in training

Has Slaven lost the dressing room? Is he not pushing the players hard enough? Or are the players no longer willing to work hard for him?

Judging by his post-match interview after the 5-1 loss to Arsenal, it looks like the latter, with the Croat bemoaning the “lack of intensity” even in training.

Slav looks like a man who knows the axe is coming. Bit sad to watch this interview, but it’s an illuminating one all the same. Mirrors the comments Enner Valencia made after joining Everton, saying that West Ham didn’t train as hard as the Toffees.

Is this a last ditch gamble to rally the players up by publicly criticising them for their lack of intensity? [Read more…]

Allardyce on Arsenal

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says Arsenal have nobody to blame but themselves for their disappointing season.

The Hammers’ head to The Emirates tonight to take on an Arsenal team that has been suspect at the back all season with a real mixture of good and bad results. [Read more…]

Arsenal closing in on West Ham player Diame

West Ham United are expected to lose Mo Diame to Arsenal if reports from Goal.com are to be believed.

Arsene Wenger is looking to run his eye over Diame in person when West Ham United visit Arsenal on Wednesday, the game was originally scheduled to take place on Boxing Day but was rescheduled due to tube strikes. [Read more…]

Almunia In On Loan

West Ham United have signed vastly-experienced goalkeeper Manuel Almunia on an initial one-month emergency loan from Arsenal.

Manager Sam Allardyce moved quickly to secure the services of the Spanish stopper after learning that Robert Green faces around six weeks out with a knee cartilage injury.

The 34-year-old joined up with his new team-mates on Friday ahead of this weekend’s npower Championship visit to Crystal Palace. He will wear the No13 shirt.

Big Sam welcomed the goalkeeper to the club, telling West Ham TV: “We’ve been hot on the phone and secured an excellent signing in the short-term in Manuel Almunia from Arsenal.

“It’s a big ‘Thank you’ again to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal for allowing us to get such a high-class and experienced goalkeeper to come in and fill-in for Robert for the time being.

“I think he hasn’t had as many games at Arsenal as he would have liked so he wants to play first-team football at the end of the day.

“We hope that huge amount of experience he has had at Arsenal and the football he has played on a regular basis will stand us in good stead here at West Ham and more and more clean sheets will come from his presence in goal. That will obviously help us to secure more victories while Robert is out.”

Almunia, who becomes the second player to join the club on loan from the Gunners this season after England Under-21 midfielder Henri Lansbury.

Good news really, Almunia may not be the best keeper but in The Championship he will do a fantastic job for us until Greenie is back. Thanks again to Arsenal for doing us a favour with a good player on loan.