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Alphonse Areola will wait and see whether he replaces Lukasz Fabianski against Manchester United tomorrow (Sat) after recovering from a wrist injury.

t Fab has been in decent form and having signed a new deal with the club will be keen to remain the Premier League  choice  having been relegated to Number two at the beginning of the season.

After a strong start to the season there have of course been a couple of five goal hammerings but Areola believes that there remains an incredibly strong bond between the players.

And speaking to the matchday programme he believes we can push on towards big results and claim more and more glory for the club.

He said: “We have started the season very well. We’ve done really well in Europe and in the Premier League as well. We’ve got 27 points so far and I think, this season, we’ve done really well after winning the UEFA Europa Conference League final last season.

“You have to compete every single day, both on the pitch and on the training ground. I’ve always said that, as a player, you can only give the best you can. The most important thing is always the team and the results we can get. 

“You saw it last season when we won the European trophy, and just how happy the how squad was. Everyone was happy to be involved, in that regard, and it shows just how important the team spirit is.”

Alphonse Aréola in action for West Ham United

For the last three seasons Areola has more than played his role in the Club’s growth, particularly in European competitions. Fighting for silverware is where the goalkeeper wants to be. There is still space to fill in his already packed trophy cabinet.

And He is confident the club will bounce back from the Liverpool defeat against Liverpool saying: “I’ve seen exactly what the Club told me when I joined, every single day I come in, for the last three years.

West Ham has really grown up and the reputation of the Club in Europe is huge. It’s great to be part of and it’s wonderful to be part of the history of the Club.

“I don’t like to find excuses after defeats. Sometimes, you just have bad days as competitors. We moved forward really well from the one against Fulham with the wins over Freiburg and Wolverhampton Wanderers. We need to do the same against Manchester United.”

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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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