There’s never a dull moment at Upton Park

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With the Newcastle game dead and buried, the main focus on the Hammers’ minds is the Arsenal game on Saturday along with the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final against Birmingham.

The chance to take part in a final played in Wembley is a huge opportunity for West Ham and needs to be taken advantage of. These things don’t happen every day. For the majority of the first leg, the Hammers played well and showed a lot more motivation than previously.

Victor Obinna’s sending off was at the stage where the game was left wide open and it wasn’t clear who was going to emerge victorious. Despite being down to ten men, the Hammers still played on with such ambition that they notched a second goal as a result of a Ben Foster mistake.

The game against Arsenal is one to look forward to after the encounter earlier on in the season. Both teams came close to winning throughout the duration of the game with Arsenal coming out on top.

But looking back to October 25, 2009, Arsenal were 2-0 up at half time. The Hammers ended up completely turning the game on its head and gaining a well deserved point, even with the dismissal of Scott Parker.

This game should be interesting as both teams play with attractive passing movements throughout each game. Hopefully there will not be any other distractions with the Carling Cup semi-finals. There’s a possibility that these teams will meet in the final so there’s that need to win on Saturday for both teams.

With all that in mind, speculation about transfers is becoming very interesting. The collapse of the Steve Sidwell move and the controversy over Demba Ba, it’s never a quiet week at the office. Wayne Bridge looks set to sign for the Hammers now and will hopefully end our continued search for a consistent left back.

With all that in mind, it looks set to be an interesting week!

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