Upbeat Noble ready for a big week


slaven-bilic-and-mark-nobleMark Noble is refusing to be depressed after the defeat by Manchester City and instead is concentrating on the week ahead.

The captain insists there’s a big week ahead as the squad prepare to step into Old Trafford an take on Mourinho’s mob!

He told the official site: “We’ve been away for four weeks really – we then flew into Iceland the day before the game [against Man City] and it was a really good workout.

“You know they’re going to be fighting for the Premier League title, and we play Man Utd next week, so the more fitness you get the better.

“We’ve brought in quality this summer. Chicha still needs to get match fit – he got a good 45 minutes on Friday and now we’ve got a good week of training at home before the first match.

“Joe [Hart] and Arnautovic have been with us for most of pre-season, so it has been good.

“It’s great to sign the England goalkeeper. You can’t turn an opportunity like that down for his experience and what he’s done in the game. He’s a great character as well and is good to have around the place.

“We are aiming to finish as high as possible, but so are ten other clubs. That’s just the way the Premier League is.”

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  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    He’s had 45 mins moonwalking v city and injured before that ? Question is will bilic pick him 😎

  • bubbles says:

    On merit no ……. but noble was awful last year and still got picked . From what I have streamed this year he is even slower than before . Come on Bilic grow some !! COYI

  • Dunlopilo says:

    All these preseason matches are not too revealing. If Noble really has become a burden rather than an asset, the selection (or non selection) will happen naturally when we have full squad available. Right now Kouyate and Antonio are still out…

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Well the truth is about to be revealed , we’ve had the its only a friendly and fitness is what counts ? Let’s see what happens Saturday , but its gonna take 2-3 games to get up to speed full on, but as with you bubbles I’ve seen all the games and he has been oblivious , we shall see , maybe even a player or two to come in would be welcome , sully ramp up that phone bill old boy 😉

  • master says:

    Oh captain, my captain!

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Group captain , master 😂😂

  • bubbles says:

    Time to give that dammed Johny foreigner the arm band . Not loyal yet but has ability to lead Zabelleta for skipper .

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    Zabaletta and Joe hart will always lead on the pitch, and don’t need an armband. The more of those type we have the better. Another one is Noble who I’m sure will be picked, because along with Obiang he is the best available player in the holding role.
    Also I hope Cresswell gets his rightful place at left-back, as he is the best we have there. Masuaku has not done anything to change that. Good at running with the ball, but yet again totally hit and miss with the defensive side which is his most important roll.
    Also Rice is a far more decisive and efficient CB than Ogbonna. Together with Reid and perhaps one ther CB we will have our strongest possible defensive unit.

  • bubbles says:

    All that sleeping obviously stops you watching many games . Cresswell was awful last season and Masuaku got in front of him on merit . As for Noble being best available … OMG …. God save the rest . Kouyate is 100% better in that position and I reckon Rice would do a great job . Noble is not a leader as he is the worst player on the pitch week after week .Toime to rub the sleep out of your eyes .

    • sleepswithdafishes says:

      out injured most of the season does not equate to awful. It seems as soon as one of our players suffers a bad injury, some of us want them hung from a lamp-post. He had 2 great seasons for us before last season, in which we called for him being in the England team. I’m sure he was voted hammer of the near or there abouts too. Of course he wont play so well with a cast on his ankle. What did you expect ffs.
      His crosses are infinitely better tha Masuaku, and his defending is also much better ( without being perfect ).
      Masuaku runs very fast with the ball, so I’m sure your impressed.
      I’m sure Kouyate should play next week, with his current injury problems lol. Tune in ffs.

      • essexirons says:

        Noble isn’t known as ‘Captain Slow’ for no reason, he has been constantly the weak link in the team & very rarely has one of his passes gone forward or have even gone to the player intended.

    • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

      I was thinking more omega 3😂😂😂😂
      Only joking fishes 😉

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I think like Sleeps Noble and when fit Cresswell will be picked, I don’t personally think they are the best players in their positions, I would on form pick most other choices but presently Rice ahead of Noble and Masuaka who for me anyway is a better defender than Cresswell whose form dipped defensively after Allardyce left, you could say defensively all the players form dipped after Allardyce left but offensively they all improved massively and given the choice I know what I would prefer if I had to choose and that’s not the defensive approach.

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    while I value your opinion 32, surely defending is the priority of any defender. Every good team is built on solid defence, and that will never change.
    I know I am in the minority on Masuaku, but I want to see him tackle and mark players like a real defender, before I make him better than Cresswell.

  • Radai Lama says:

    Noble will be the first name on the team sheet most matches if fit.Slav rates him it seems.I aint saying its right but it will happen.
    What will be will be i aint going to lose sleep over it,i will leave that to bubbles 😁

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Its not a cast fishes its a ball and chain 😂😂

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    Roll on next summer when the 2 reeces return and give us some real options at CB. Perhaps Ogbonna will look better at left-back.
    By the way Burcke looked the part last night against Leeds. He made a big difference when he came on for last 35 minutes. Woods was shackled by him.

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    He must have borrowed nobles ball and chain 😂😂😂

  • John says:

    It worries me that we are getting our hate figures lined up before the season even starts. Can’t we just give it half a dozen games?

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Where’s the fun in that john 😈

  • bubbles says:

    A couple of weeks in Les Vegas or Porto Banus is not going to make a bad player a better player so why do we need to give Noble , Fonte and co another 12 games to prove what we all saw . They are rubbish end of …. 12 games is 36 points ( genius ) … surely pre season is the time to see what’s what .As for Hippo head coming back I do not believe it would not stress you out

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