West Ham United’s Cheikhou Kouyate: We have to play like Anderlecht to defeat Arsenal

Arsenal and West Ham United will face each other at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has written on the club’s official website that his side need to play like Anderlecht to win against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Senegal international went to watch the Champions League clash between his former club Anderlecht and Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season.

It was a Group D encounter which the Gunners were expected to win, and Arsene Wenger’s side did go 3-0 ahead before the hour mark.

However, the Belgian giants staged a sensational comeback and held the North London outfit to a 3-3 draw.

West Ham visit Arsenal on Saturday, and Kouyate wants the Hammers to take inspiration from that performance of Anderlecht.

“I went to the Emirates to support Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League earlier this season and they did very well and drew three-all,” the 25-year-old wrote in his blog on West Ham’s official website.

“I was very happy because Anderlecht is my second family. Arsenal went 3-0 up and I was thinking ‘What is this game?’ but in the second half Anderlecht came with a new mentality.

“It went to 3-1, then 3-2 and then 3-3 – it was unbelievable! I am very happy for Anderlecht, but now West Ham go to Arsenal and it would be fantastic if we could do the same. We want to get a draw or even a win. I hope we can surprise them!”

Arsenal have proven from time to time that they can collapse at the Emirates, and West Ham should head into Saturday’s game full of confidence.

However, the North London outfit are in a good run of form in the Premier League at the moment and will be favourites to pick up the three points.

The key on Saturday will be the opening goal. If Arsenal get that, then they are likely to march to victory.

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