Green gunning for glory again

Robert Green insists that today's mouth-watering clash against Arsenal is not only a chance for Hammers to test themselves against the likes of Thierry Henry and co, but also carry on what they started with the win over Blackburn last weekend.

The Hammers goalkeeper, who is set to make his fourth start for the first team against the Gunners, says that both the victory against Rovers and the lessons learned in recent weeks should stand them in good stead for the clash with the North Londoners.

He said: "Every game in the Premiership is a great game, that's how you look at it, but this is one of those in particular and we go into it boosted by the result we got last week.

"We can certainly take the confidence that has been generated from the victory and will be giving it our all."

"Of course, Arsenal have some top class players, but at the end of the day it will be a level playing field out there in that it's their 11 men against ours.

"Henry, Fabregas, it's a great challenge and you want to play against the best, that's what it's all about.

"But you don't have fear, we will go out there to play our game. Looking at Arsenal's recent results, they haven't perhaps, got as many points as they would have liked, including their Champions League game in the week. For me, that's something you can look to take advantage of I feel and we will certainly be going out with that aim."

The match will also mean a chance for Robert to catch up with Arsenal physio Gary Lewin, who is also part of the England set-up and gave good advice to Robert when he suffered his groin injury while on international duty in the summer.

Robert says: "The England staff, including Gary, were top class for me when I got the injury and the way they responded was a great consolation for me at the time. You are feeling low and not only do they help you in the practical sense, but really help to get you feeling positive in the way you deal with it and Gary was part of that.

"It will be nice to see him, because since then a lot of things have happened, especially to me, I have recovered from the injury and moved to West Ham. I will probably see him after the game, hopefully after what will be a good result for us."

As a goalkeeper, one of the main aims is to keep clean sheets and, while Robert will be going out to try and make sure it happens, he says the most important thing is playing his part in helping the team get a good result.

"I just want to play my best and help out in any way I can that will lead to the best result for West Ham," he says. "I feel I have done okay in the games, obviously we want to keep a clean sheet in every match, but it's about getting the results at the moment to lift us out of the position we're in.

"The win over Blackburn has gone a long way to doing that, but we have to take it another step further now. The challenge is to try and go one better all the time for the team.

"Each game that comes along, you must be ready for that opportunity to play and push yourself that bit more. Hopefully that will lead to success for West Ham as a team on the pitch.

"The belief has never gone from the team even when the results weren't going for us. Together with the the staff and people around us, the confidence was still there that we could get out of it.

"As a player, you have to lift yourself because at the end of the day, you are ultimately the only ones that can go out there and do what is needed. There's no question about the ability and talent we have in the squad and it has been a case of just sticking together and keep encouraging each other.

"I think this showed in our win over Blackburn and this was a boost that has carried onto training this week and into our preparations for the Arsenal game."

by Laura Burkin