Dear acknowledges West Ham’s Emirates quandary

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Brian Dear acknowledged it will be difficult for West Ham United to take anything from Saturday evenings Premier League clash with in-form Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Hammers made a disappointing start to the campaign, slipping to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United last weekend, while the North Londoners picked up where they left off by putting newly-promoted Fulham to the sword at Craven Cottage.

“It’s going to be ever so tough,” Dear told Yellow Sport.

“Arsenal has some terrific forward players, particularly Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – it’s been a tremendous boost to them that he has recently committed his future to the club.

“Mikel Arteta has changed the dynamics at Arsenal. He has changed the mentality in the dressing room and now they are reaping the rewards. I can’t really see how we are going to get anything, and if we do, it won’t be more than a point.”

Dear suggested the Hammers midweek Carabao Cup win over Charlton might well have opened David Moyes’ eye to another option: “I thought Josh Cullen was superb and has given the manager a nice problem.

“He has been out on loan and will believe it’s now or never for him at West Ham. I think we have a manager who will trust him to do a job. Tuesday night might have put him the frame for the Arsenal game.”

The former frontman added: “As hard as it will be, the fans will want to see an improvement from last weekend. It was a flat performance, there has to be more of a spark this week.

“Matching the opposition is a minimum requirement. It’s the very least the supporters deserve and as one myself, I expect nothing less than that, whatever the outcome.”

Brian Dear’s prediction: Arsenal 2-1 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Arsenal 2-0 West Ham United

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