Mikel Arteta has lauded David Moyes ahead of this weekend’s clash between the Hammers and Arsenal.
The Gunners gaffer knows Moyes well, having played under him for six years at Everton!
And he insists that he is not at all surprised to see the Irons pushing for the European places, as that is just how good Moyes is as a boss.
Speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the game, he said, when asked if he was surprised: “Not really. I think they have a really strong squad and they have a great manager and coaching staff.
“They started the season with some doubts but I know what David is capable of doing. He gets the group together, they’re working really hard for each other, they’ve recruited really well and you can start to see the things that David has done.”
Arteta has hinted that the Hammers have been somewhat boosted by a lack of European football.
Of course, the Irons don’t have to worry about playing on a Wednesday or a Thursday before the weekend’s game, as the north London club have to.
They were in action in midweek, losing 1-0 to Olympiacos but progressing to the quarter-finals of the Europa League on aggregate.
He added: “Obviously they have a little bit more time during the week to prepare football matches and training, and I think they’ve been in great form and they’re a really dangerous team.”
The Hammers will be out to avenge this season’s defeat to the Gunners in the reverse, a bitterly unlucky result in a game we dominated.