Monday, 14th April, 2014

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is hoping that Arsenal head into Tuesday's Premier League clash against his side as a weakened team.

While the Hammers had the weekend off, without a game, Arsenal played an FA Cup semi-final against Wigan and needed penalties after 120 minutes of football to see off the Latics.

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The Gunners have been affected by injuries and are in the midst of a battle with Everton to finish fourth. And Allardyce hopes they may be feeling the effects, even if he is sure Arsene Wenger can call upon a raft of quality players to field at the Emirates Stadium.

"With Arsenal's game load and some of their injuries, that may weaken them, but they keep a squad of Champions League and international players so it's still a hugely difficult game for us", he told a press conference via his club's feed.


"We will have to be on song to try and get something."

The West Ham boss also feels his side must respond to results from other clubs at the weekend, despite being all but safe from relegation.

"From our point of view the success of the teams below us at the weekend means we still need to take more points", he added.

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