The Big Interview - Cheikhou Kouyate

Cheikhou Kouyate made the perfect start to life back in the top flight this season with the crucial opening goal against Arsenal last Sunday.

The West Ham United midfielder produced a commanding display at the heart of the Hammers midfield and forged a great partnership with Mark Noble and Reece Oxford who was making his Premier League debut.

Kouyate is now hoping to become a regular part of Slaven Bilic's team and wants to achieve big things with the east London Club this season.

Cheikhou, it was the perfect start at Arsenal last Sunday. How pleased were you with the performance at Emirates Stadium?

“It's a magnificent start, even more so away from home against Arsenal. It's a magnificent stadium, it's a dream to play there. To go there for the first game and to win there, it's exceptional.

"I remember last year, I scored my first goal against Arsenal here at home in December. Now I've scored my first goal in my first game and it's a dream start. Hopefully that there will be more goals to come.”

It was a magnificent start from our new summer signing Dimitri Payet. How excited are you by his arrival at the Club?

“He has extraordinary vision. The first game that he played here, we played together, he gave me the ball and I missed. The second one was against Norwich, I missed again, and he said it will be third time lucky. Sunday he gave me the third one and I scored, so he was right.

“To think that was only his first game, away from home, against Arsenal, he has shown all his talent. He gave Arsenal's defenders a tough time, I really hope he's going to continue like that.”

What more can you say about your fellow midfielder Reece Oxford who played just behind you and has such confidence for a young man?

“He's someone who listens. If I have one piece of advice to give him, it's only to continue to do that, continue to work hard and continue to listen. We must not forget, he is still so young.”

We now turn our attentions to play Leicester on Saturday. They looked very impressive in their opening game against Sunderland scoring four goals and you must be expecting another tough game?

“We are in the Premier League and all the matches are difficult. Each weekend you have a match which is super difficult, there is no such thing as an easy game. We found that out last year.

“Leicester have started well, they finished last season in confident fashion, because they finished so well. They've started well now, they scored four, so Saturday's not going to be easy.

“If we want to do something, we have to take the points. We're playing at home and we have to try to take the three points.”

Do you think this is a good opportunity at home to make it two wins out of two?

“We have to do it on the pitch, not talk about it. We've got to prepare well this week in training, just as we did before Arsenal. We've the opportunity to make it six points out of six, but so do they.

“They'll come here with confidence, but we're confident too. We'll battle for every ball, as the manager demands of us. We have to show the desire to win the game and for that we have to start the game strongly.”

Dimitri Payet has said that the game at Arsenal felt like a home game because our travelling support were so good. Do you agree with him?

“The three thousand in the stands, I'm not sure how many, were fantastic. We heard them at the start, before the warm-up, at the start of the game, at the end of the game.

“Dimitri is right, it's like playing at home. He said to me, when we were playing the friendlies, 'the supporters are already there', and he asked me, 'is it always like that here?'

“I told him, you've seen nothing yet, that's just the start, but during the match, 'they'll be there for us throughout the game'. The supporters here are extraordinary.”