Friday, 6 April 2007

Keeping The Faith

Given that Arsenal have never lost a game at the Emirates Stadium and West Ham have won just once on their travels all season, most would view the latter's trip to North London tomorrow as a no-brainer. Not as far as Alan Curbishley is concerned though. The Guardian quotes the Irons manager as saying: "I know Arsenal are a top side but it's another game that we've got an opportunity to win and that's what we're going over there to try and do. A lot of the newly promoted sides look at the top four and class them as bonus games but I don't think West Ham are in that position. We know we've got to win as many games as we can, so why can't we go and get a win at Arsenal? They've gone into a transitional period, they got to the Carling Cup final but it is a period of reorganisation."

As strange as it seems, Curbishley is not without friends in the betting market. Dan Roebuck believes tomorrow's game at the Emirates is intriguing. He argues that Arsenal look to have downed tools following their exit from three competitions in 10 days last month, and suggests that while backing West Ham at VC Bet's 7-1 is tempting - they won at Highbury last year and defeated Arsène Wenger's side at Upton Park this season - a more profitable play could be to back the Hammers with a goal start at Sporting Odds' 15-8.

While Curbishley struggles manfully to build confidence for the struggle ahead, one of his players seems hell-bent on undermining the good work done over the last two weeks.
Teddy Sheringham claims the West Ham management have frozen him out at Upton Park and he is said to be furious that his request for a January transfer move to Charlton was rejected. Needless to say the timing of this latest outburst has been calculated to garner maximum media exposure even if it is to the detriment of the team. It is such narcissistic antics that demonstrate Sheringham is not quite the model professional that he is purported to be.

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