David Moyes insists the Hammers are better than Arsenal ahead of Sunday’s clash.
The two sides meet in a bitter London derby on Sunday with the Irons well in the race to qualify for the Champions League and the Gunners marooned in mid-table.
Mikel Arteta’s side are currently 10th; the Hammers can move level on points with Chelsea with a victory.
Asked about whether the Irons are better than the Gunners, Moyes readily accepted that we are.
And he believes it is a major compliment to the form of the Hammers thus far this season.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “That’s right. And it’s a great thing that we’re saying that we have a better team than Arsenal because it couldn’t have been said very often probably over recent years, but I’m taking that now as a real compliment. And I’m using it know that we are, We’re in good shape, good form.”
Moyes also believes that the discourse surrounding the 1-0 loss to Manchester United, in which the Hammers were roundly criticised for their passive approach, is another huge compliment.
He added: “And again I had to take it away as a compliment that folk are a bit surprised we didn’t play so well and lost 1-0 Old Trafford, against a team who have just beaten Manchester City, but again that shows you how far we’ve come and how far we’re going.
“I want to go into the games knowing that West Ham have got a chance we’ve got chance of winning – we had a chance of winning last week, we didn’t do it, we weren’t quite good enough. We have a big chance of winning this game as well, and we have to try and show exactly what we can do.”