Arteta airing on the side of caution over hurting Hammers

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Mikel Arteta remained cautious ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have started where they left off, winning comfortably at Fulham on the opening day of the season, following on from their notable improvement, culminating in FA Cup success at the conclusion of the last campaign.

Nevertheless, despite many seeing Saturday’s clash as a home banker – particularly after the Hammers drab performance against Newcastle – the Gunners chief focused on the threat provided by the East Londoners.  

Always a threat, we have a good example of the game we played against them last March,” the Spaniard explained. 

“It was really difficult, we managed to win the game but we had a lot of problems, so we better be ready because after a defeat teams are always more dangerous.

“They have many strengths and some weaknesses, like we all have. I know David, the manager, really well and I know what he will be trying to do tomorrow to hurt us as well. 

“It will be a tough game and I am expecting a difficult battle tomorrow.”

Arteta and Arsenal have been handed a huge boost with the news that influential skipper, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has signed a new three-year contract with the North Londoners: “I think the big reason Auba is staying is because we have an incredible football team, football club, we have some fantastic people working here and because he feels how much love he has from the fans,” he added.

“I played my part, which is part of my job, to try to explain to him what we are trying to do and how important he would be while we are building and that is it. 

“The club has to take credit for that and the people who have been able to put a project and a package to him to stay at the club.”

Jeevesie’s prediction: Arsenal 2-0 West Ham United

(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club – www.arsenal.com)

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