Arsene Wenger shares his thoughts on West Ham

West Ham United face Arsenal this weekend.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was full of praise for West Ham United in his pre-match press conference as he highlights the individual quality of their midfield and attacking options, Sky Sports reports.

The Gunners travel to East London looking to pick up all three points in their bid to win the title.

But standing in their way is a much-improved West Ham side who are still in the running for a top four spot, and Wenger acknowledges his side are in for a tough afternoon against a quality opposition.

"West Ham is a tough proposal, yes, away from home," Wenger explained to Sky Sports.

"They (have) had a very good campaign. When you look at the quality of the players they have, individually they have a good midfield, good strikers and they are solid at the back.”

"I think the emergence of Payet has given them a lot of creativity and efficiency. They have Kouyate, Noble, Payet, Lanzini - they have a strong midfield and good strikers with Sakho."

West Ham won the reverse fixture at the Emirates 2-0 on the opening day of the season, and that victory paved the way for a number of superb results against the so-called big teams.

The Hammers have seemingly found a way to play narrowly and on the counter against the top teams, resulting in victories over Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and of course Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger’s side will have to be refrain from pushing too many men forward at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday, with Dimitri Payet in particular a player who can punish them when afforded too much space.

With Slaven Bilic's side sitting just three points shy of the Premier League's top four, they will be desperate to claim all three points on Saturday in what will be their last ever London derby at the Boleyn Ground.

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