Zola sticks to his principles

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Gianfranco Zola admits he is losing sleep over West Ham's dreadful start to the season but says he would "rather change jobs" than scrap the attacking philosophy with which he will send out his players against Arsenal at Upton Park on Sunday.

West Ham have won just one match this season and they could be bottom of the league by the time they kick off their London derby against the Gunners.

Zola said: "Yes, it does keep me awake at night. This is a job where you have to look after many things. You are always looking for solutions. It is a job that keeps you busy."

He added: "But the way I like to play is the way I believe is right for this club. I won't change my principles. I didn't last year when we were having problems as well. I do this job because I love to do it in this way and I won't change it. I would rather change jobs.

"It's one of the things I admire very much in any person who does a job. You can change certain things but the principles or your philosophy doesn't have to change."

Zola admits that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is the manager he admires most and he wants to school the West Ham youngsters along the lines of Arsenal's attacking style.

Whether he gets the time to do so could depend on arresting a run of eight matches comprising one win, two draws and five defeats, which is identical to the start which led to relegation in 2002-03.

Zola, however, is defiant.

"I won't give up," he said. "I just have a determination to succeed stronger than anything. I will never show the players that I am down. Life is all about dealing with the problems in front of you. My thing is not to look for the problems but look for the solutions to the problems."

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