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Bottom of the table but yet we make it into the quarter final of the League Cup after a hard fought win against Stoke City at Upton Park. 

Yet again we concede a goal from a set piece, this time Kenwyne Jones leaping high to head home early in the first half, something that West Ham have suffered from all season and one that needs to be sorted out on the training field. 

The Hammers have used TEN defenders so far this season and yet game after game we keep letting opposition attackers head in with both goals against Newcastle also coming from crosses into the box and yet we allow the same thing to happen on Wednesday night and with three different defenders in the back four. 

Perhaps Avram should try and stick with the same players for a couple of games so they can try and build up an understanding as with the constant chopping and changing there at times seem to be a lack of understanding between the back line.

Not that we should have the problem on Saturday as we make the short journey across London to play Arsenal as they don’t play deep crosses into the box for their big striker to get his head on to. 

They prefer to pass the ball 30 to 40 times around the pitch before taking a shot on goal; sometimes I wonder if Arsene Wenger has banned them from shooting from outside the penalty area.

I don’t hold out much hope of West Ham returning home with points in the bag but I have been wrong before on that count after all we were the first team to secure a victory over the Gunners at the Emirates. 

It was a game that saw Arsenal have 29 shots on goal, 15 on target, compared to West Ham's six shots in total. It was one of the most one-sided games I have ever witnessed and yet thanks to Rob Green's heroics we held on for that famous victory. 

Our record at the Emirates Stadium is not as poor as you would imagine; in the four visits we have made there we have managed to pick up four points which is an acceptable tally and West Brom showed that Arsenal can be beaten on their own turf this season. 

Also, with their trip to the Ukraine in the Champions League coming up on Wednesday, perhaps Wenger should consider resting some of his first teamers or tying one arm behind their backs then perhaps we may have a chance.  

One question I always ask Arsenal fans that I meet “is it boring watching football that good week in week out, turning up and knowing that nine times 10 you will tear the opposition apart?” I know that, for me, I would lose interest along the way, it’s just not the West Ham way, they like to keep us guessing. 

Arsenal could quite easily smash us 6-0 but then again I wouldn’t be that surprised if we escaped with a point or even three. Take Wednesday’s night game against Stoke - for 83 minutes I just couldn’t see us scoring, all of a sudden Parker heads an equaliser and then we run rampant, the 30 minutes of extra time is the best I’ve seen at Upton park this season from West Ham. 

We played with pace, power and most importantly, conviction. One word of warning though, in 1988-89 West Ham reached the semi-final of the League Cup, beat Arsenal away at Highbury but still managed to get relegated at the end of that season. Let’s hope that part of history doesn’t get repeated. 

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