Slaven Bilic will be out to rub salt into Arsene Wenger’s managerial wounds when the Hammers step out against the Gunners at the Emirates tomorrow night.
The Hammers boss of course has his own issues but Wenger appeared to be showing the pressure of a man under a season-long siege in the pre-match presser.
Humiliated in Europe and with only one Premier League win in the last four, the Arsenal fans have been in mutiny against the manager and FA Cup run has done little to calm the storm.
And as he questioned on his own and and Alexis Sanchez’s future, the 67 year old looked irritated and troubled – all of which is good news for the Hammers.
Wenger also has injuries to cope with as both Koscielny and Cech are injured although he reported: “Chamberlain and Ramsey have a test today. There is a good chance they are back in the squad.
Troubled Wenger – with plenty of issues – continued to play coy on his future at the north London club after reporters quizzed him on a potential new deal.
“I have answered that question many times. You ask again. Don’t worry, you will get that (answer) soon.”
The 67-year-old was also irritated by questions on the future of Alexis Sanchez, whose contract is up at the end of the 2017/18 season saying: “He has one-and-a-half years (left on his) contract. I don’t understand that debate.
If Wenger was going to leave he probably would have said so by now, from what he has said he suggested retirement was similar to dying I think, maybe have misquoted him but that was the gist of it. Whatever his problems they are small compared to ours, he is worried he might not end in the champions league places our worries…. well best to think positively and look up right ?
No way should Wenger be anxious about playing West Ham tonight .
All the nerves will be on our side . It is imperative for us not to lose . It doesn’t matter how we do it but , loosing is not an option . I know we like to see football but , when squeeze comes to crunch we cannot afford to lose . A point tonight would say a lot about our future in the Prem . If we have a Massive Bus now , is the time to park it .