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Wednesday 3 October Updated Thursday 19 February

'It is no time to rest'

Matt Jarvis has urged his West Ham United team-mates to push on to even greater heights as they prepare to welcome Arsenal to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

The Hammers have made a fine start to the Barclays Premier League season, taking eleven points from their opening six games, but Jarvis believes this is just the beginning.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's 5.30pm kick-off against the Gunners, the England international stated that absolute focus is paramount ahead of a testing fixture.

"It is not time to rest," said the No7, who scored his maiden Hammers goal in Monday's 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers. "We have had a very good start so far but we have some very tough games ahead of us, not least when we play Arsenal at home on Saturday.

"There are no easy games in this division. We now need to recover from the game at Loftus Road and then prepare for a battle at home on Saturday."

West Ham are yet to be beaten at the Boleyn Ground in the league and Jarvis believes home advantage cannot be underestimated.

"We look like we could give anyone a game at the moment. We are the home side and I am sure the fans will give us their full support throughout the course of the match.

"We will have to work extremely hard to make sure we get something out of the game but if we do that there is no reason why we can't come away with a positive result."

Jarvis admitted to being surprised that his first goal in claret and blue had come via a far-post header on Monday.

"I must admit I don't often score headers, but it is always good to get in at the back past and luckily for me it paid off. I was half trying to score and half trying to put it back across goal but I am delighted that it went in and even more pleased that we won the game."

"I think I was one of only three West Ham players not to be booked, it was a tough game and we had to work very hard for the result. Loftus Road is a tough place to play and we worked very hard playing some good football, we were delighted to get the three points."

While he has impressed in recent outings, Jarvis knows he will have to continue to produce the goods if he wants to keep his place in a strong Hammers squad.

"I am delighted to be back fit and in the team. I now want to continue to play well and show the fans what I can do, so hopefully I can keep myself in the team.

"You need to train with everyone, get to know them and allow them to get you know you, that is starting to come together more and more now and we got a great result last time out."

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