Areola remains a confident man


Areola remains a confident man

Alphonse Areola remains a  confident man despite having had six goals put past him in the game against Arsenal.

Areola remains a confident man

But he claims that both he and the squad learned a lot from the game and this afternoon we will find out exactly what!

He wants to forget the Arsenal drubbing after a season until then which has seen him perform very well in his first season as the No 1 keeper and will be desperate for a clean sheet at the City Ground.

He commented: “Obviously, it was a tough day and a day to forget, but we have to move forward. We learned a lot from that game and now we have to be focused on the next game. 

“We are looking forward to the European competitions again [as the UEFA Europa League returns] and in the Premier League we’ve kept going and are trying to pick up as many points as we can so we can qualify again next season.

“When I signed for the Club, the first words were that ‘We want to be a European team’ and since then we’ve played in Europe every year so hopefully, we can achieve that objective again.”

So far he has made a total  of 21 top-flight appearances this campaign, and is relishing the healthy competition for his place from former Poland international Łukasz Fabiański and young stopper Joseph Anang.

He explained: “Working with Łukasz and Joseph every day is hard, and we are always trying to help each other. The goalkeeper union here is very strong and we are just trying to give our best every day in training and trying to compete for the position. The most important thing of course is the team result.”

Alphonse Areola claps the fans after Burnley

Having conceded nine times in the previous two matches, one could understand if the goalkeeper’s confidence has been affected, but with a strong season behind him he remains entirely confident for the future.


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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