Mark Noble says West Ham win over Arsenal was better than 2007 victory

Mark Noble

The midfielder was also full of praise for Reece Oxford after he became the club's youngest ever player.

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has told the club’s official website that Sunday’s victory over Arsenal was better than their win at the Gunners back in 2007.

Goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate handed Slaven Bilic’s side victory at the Emirates in their first game of the season, with it being a very accomplished performance all round.

The victory noble is referring to came came courtesy of a wonder goal from former forward Bobby Zamora, with Arsenal having dominated proceedings on that occasion, and Noble says the win this time was a much more convincing one. 

“It doesn't get much better than that. You can see how happy I am, this was a great performance” he told

“I have won here before when Bobby Zamora scored that fantastic goal and we have won today even more convincing than we did before. The whole team was fantastic today and I could go every single one of them. I was proud of them today.”

Praise for Reece Oxford

Noble started alongside goalscorer Kouyate in central midfield, with new signing Dimitri Payet in the number 10 role and youngster Reece Oxford used as protection for the defence.

At just 16 years old, Oxford became the Hammers’ youngest ever player, but was not overwhelmed by the occasion or Arsenal’s star filled midfield as he put in a highly professional performance that belied his young years.

And Noble was full of praise for the youngster, praising him for the manner in which he takes everything in his stride.

“Reece has got the height, the stature to play in this league. He has still got a lot to learn and is enthusiastic,” he added.

"The great thing about him is that he takes everything in his stride and that is great when you are playing in front of 50,000 every week. I am on him every day in training because I know what he is capable of and I want to get the best out of him.”

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