Brian Dear: West Ham have to be more creative

West Ham United v Arsenal – London Stadium – Premier League – Monday 8pm

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Wolves swiftly brought West Ham United back down to earth following their eye-catching Premier League victory at Chelsea, leaving former Hammers striker, Brian Dear, questioning where the flair and creativity evident early in the season has gone.

The east Londoners produced a ‘silk and steel’ display to impressively snaffle the points at Stamford Bridge, but seemed devoid of ideas on what was a chilly evening in the Black Country, resulting in an eighth league defeat of the season and pressure building on manager, Manuel Pellegrini.

“It’s neither here nor there at the moment,” Dear bemoaned.

“The performance at Chelsea was very impressive, both defensively and in attack – we could have won by a bigger margin. But then we go and undo all the good work. Wolves are a good side and in fairness, we were better than we played Newcastle, Burnley and Spurs. But we never laid a finger on them – we never looked like providing a decisive moment which would turn the game.

“Sebastien Haller again looked isolated up front and we conceded another goal from a set-piece – when are we going to learn?

Nevertheless, Dear thought West Ham had shown enough at Chelsea to suggest they have it in them to take something when Arsenal are the visitors on Monday evening.

“We need to rediscover it – what we did at Chelsea. Arsenal are not what they once were. Sure, they have some quality but they are beatable if you get at them.

“The trouble is, we don’t quite know which West Ham will turn up? But then again, I’d imagine the Gunners supporters are thinking exactly the same about their own team.

“The Chelsea game proved that being brave and bold gets its rewards. The manager and players need to realise this because we are still dangerously close to the relegation zone.

“This is a game which could go either way. We must make sure we are switched on and build momentum ahead of a busy period in the season.

“As I said, the team have proved they are more than capable and I’m backing them to get back to winning ways on Monday night.”

West Ham United v Arsenal – Head to head:

West Ham United won: 35
Drawn: 39
Arsenal won: 66

West Ham United v Arsenal – Last five meetings (all competitions):

December 13, 2017 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-0 Arsenal

December 19, 2017 – League Cup
Arsenal 1-0 West Ham United

April 22, 2018 – Premier League
Arsenal 4-1 West Ham United

August 25, 2018 – Premier League
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United

January 12, 2019 – Premier League
West Ham United 1-0 Arsenal

Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 3-1 Arsenal
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 1-1 Arsenal

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