Lee Bowyer suggests West Ham can give Arsenal a fright

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Former West Ham United player Lee Bowyer is confident his old side can give the Gunners a run for their money this weekend.

Former West Ham United player Lee Bowyer told talkSPORT that he feels his old side can catch Arsenal off guard this weekend.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic couldn’t have asked for a more difficult opening Premier League game, as he looks to move the side forward based on where they finished under Sam Allardyce last year.

Regardless of the difficulty, Bowyer feels it’s tough for any team to find their best form quickly at the start of a season, which he hopes is something that West Ham can take advantage of.

“I prefer to play the bigger sides early on because I think it takes four, five or six games to get yourself up and running in the league games - I'm not sure there's ever a good time to play them but you can now catch them off guard,” he told talkSPORT.

Arsenal have momentum

What West Ham need to be wary of if the momentum Arsenal have, which has only been strengthened by their win against Chelsea in the Community Shield last weekend.

The Gunners played some great football at the back end of the last campaign and in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa, which has carried on throughout pre-season.

They have multiple players who can hurt West Ham if they take the tiniest bit of focus away from the match this weekend.

The best approach for West Ham

The best approach for the Hammers this weekend against Arsenal is to try and keep things as simple as possible.

That means absorbing a lot of pressure and Bilic trusting the midfield to create one or two good chances for the attack to cash in on over the course of the game.

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