West Ham striker Diafra Sakho back for Arsenal clash

Southampton manager Claude Puel

The latter seems to be a mistimed scissor tackle away from a red card, and neither are performing at anywhere approaching their level. The England global, who was also the captain for the night on his 200 appearance at the Emirates, was tripped when he tried to get past West Ham left-back Arthur Masuaku.

Bilic added: "Having self-belief and being stubborn has definitely helped him achieve success because in the bad times of course you have to change something, but you don't change your principles and philosophy".

Arsenal have 54 points from 29 games - four behind Manchester City, who have played a game more, in fourth.

A typical Arsenal season in recent years has seen us start the league in a formidable manner that leaves Gooners daydreaming it's the season we finally get to see the team lift the trophy we haven't won in well over a decade.

"He has been outstanding for us and I thought he was the defining factor in us gaining total control of the game against Southampton". If we show the same spirit we showed against City, we will win football games. There isn't much to cling to, but what there is we must capitalize on.

"I care about my team".


"The most important thing is to get those details right and build up from the performance we had against Man City because I think we did quite well".

Arsenal face their own difficulties as they battle to reclaim their place in the top four against a backdrop of relentless speculation over the future of Arsene Wenger, but Bilic said they remain a unsafe side.

"I don't remember", he said. We should just focus on what is happening on the pitch. "I think they were absolutely sensational and helped the team to get through those hard moments".

West Ham's Jose Fonte is confident his side can cause Arsenal plenty of problems when the pair meet on Wednesday.

"He did say as soon as he came to us that he would totally commit to us for the season and then in the summer sort out his future. Our job is to perform as long as we are here". "I don't know. Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain have a chance of being available on Wednesday".

Wenger is under intense pressure to leave the north Londoners, but looks set to agree a contract extension and Bilic has hailed his self-belief.

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