Adrian: This is the perfect start

West Ham United keeper Adrian was pleased to play his part in a memorable victory over Arsenal and says this is the perfect start to the season.

Most of the post-match debate surrounded the performance by his opposite number Petr Cech who was making his big Premier League debut for Arsenal.

But it was the Spanish keeper who came out on top as he played a major role in helping the Hammers secure a 2-0 victory at Emirates Stadium.

The 28-year-old made fine saves to deny shots from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez and was commanding inside his area as he helped his side come away with a vital clean sheet.

Adrian is relishing the chance to play under new manager Slaven Bilic and hopes this is the start of a big season for West Ham United.

Adrian said: “It was a massive win from us away home in a big stadium against a very good team.

“It was great that we were able to keep a clean sheet and this is a big three points for us to start the Premier League season.

“I try to help my team in every game that we play and want to keep a clean sheet. We were able to do that against Arsenal and I am very happy.

“This victory gives us a lot of confidence to start the league and to prepare us well for the next two home games. We have got three points on the board and can hopefully win more games.”

Adrian had nothing but praise for the way youngster Reece Oxford settled into the first-team and showed at just 16 that he is good enough to compete at the highest level.

Oxford became the youngest player in the Club's history to make his Premier League debut and was not fazed by playing against one of the best teams in England.

Adrian added: “After the game I congratulated Reece and said 'Welcome to the Premier League'. This was a hard game for him to start and is different to the academy teams that he is used to playing in.

“But this was a great debut for him and will only help him as he plays more matches in the Premier League.”

Adrian also singled out summer signings Dimitri Payet and Angelo Ogbonna for the way they have quickly adapted to the rigours of the Premier League and showed they are going to be influential players for the Club this season.

“We had some players making their Premier League debuts and they all did a fantastic job.

“Angelo and Dimitri are very good players and have adapted so well to the team and the Premier League. It is great for us that they have started so well.”

With two home games now to come against Leicester and Bournemouth, the West Ham United keeper is now hoping to maintain the winning feeling and make another solid start to the campaign.

“We now have a home game in front of our own fans and it is very important that we try and get another three points on Saturday.

“It is a great start for the manager, the team and all the West Ham fans. They deserved this win because they have had to wait a long time for us to win at Emirates Stadium and it is a fantastic victory for everyone.

“We need to enjoy the win and then prepare well for the next game against Leicester.”