Noble talks about “hardest” period of WHUFC career

West Ham skipper Mark Noble has launched a stinging attack at critics who feel that the 29 year old doesn’t deserve a spot in Slaven Bilic’s starting XI. In an interview to Sky, Noble suggested that most of the fans who currently go to games “don’t really understand football” and that criticism for the likes of Wayne Rooney and Arsene Wenger was unwarranted as well

If I am really honest, a lot of people who now go to football don’t really understand the game.

Football is a game of moments now and if someone does four step-overs, they’ve had an incredible game.

That’s not something I do. It’s just football, you’ve got to live with it. The things Arsene Wenger has done for Arsenal and some people want him out.

Players like Wayne Rooney, some people want him out of the Manchester United team. That’s why we are captains of our clubs, because we can handle that pressure.

It’s probably been the hardest [period] of my West Ham career because we’ve had so much to deal with off the pitch.

Obviously the move to the new stadium, the Dimi situation, so much has gone on and we lost four of our best players to injury in pre-season, which is hard to replace.

You’ve got to stick at it, the players have dug in and though we’ve lost a couple of games, in this day and age you’re not allowed to lose games

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