West Ham’s James Tomkins looking for positive start to Premier League season

The Hammers take on Arsenal on the opening day, and their long-serving defender insists a win is possible.

West Ham defender James Tomkins has told the club’s official website that he is hoping for a positive start to the new season.

The Hammers were made aware of their Premier League schedule for 2015/16 on Wednesday, discovering that they face a journey across London to take on Arsenal on the opening day.

It will be a baptism of fire for new manager Slaven Bilic as Arsene Wenger’s Gunners look to get a potential title challenge underway, but Tomkins insists there is no reason the Hammers can’t go to the Emirates Stadium and upset the odds.

“It’s a tough game to start with, but one we will relish and look forward to,” he said.

“While results haven’t been kind to us in recent times there, it is the first day of the season and we will go there confident we can do well. They will be buzzing from the FA Cup win, but it is the first day, a new season, everyone fresh and everyone will be going into these first games looking to kick-off with a good result.”

Next season will, of course be, the club’s last at the Boleyn Ground before their move to the Olympic Stadium at the beginning of the 2016/17 season.

Their last home game at the ground will see them take on Garry Monk’s Swansea City side, in what will be an emotional occasion for everyone involved as they look to give the old stadium a proper send off.

And as an academy graduate, Tomkins knows about the emotion surrounding the occasion and insists everyone is determined to make it a memorable occasion.

“That is going to be some game for everyone associated with the club,” he added.

“We will be determined to send the ground off with a winning result and that is what we will be trying to do. It’s an exciting time for the club, making sure we can give the ground a good send-off. We are all looking forward to it.”

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