Noble - Players will be raring to go

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble says the players will remain positive heading into the new season and will be raring to go when they face Arsenal in the opening Premier League game.

Noble was disappointed that his side failed to hold onto a two-goal lead against AFC Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Following the dismissal of James Collins, the Romanian side got themselves back into the game with a wonder strike from Fernando Boldrin and a late own goal from Angelo Ogbonna.

West Ham United now face a tough task in trying to reach the play-off round when they head to Romania for the second leg next week, but Noble says the spirit must remain high as they prepare for the start of the new Premier League season at Emirates Stadium on August 9.

Noble said: “We were disappointed by the result. But if you ask if we are angry and upset I would say no because we have got to try and win on Thursday night and then we have got Arsenal on Sunday.

“With the quality that we had on the pitch it could have been a lot more but they had a wonder strike and a freak goal and it made it hard for us.

“We can't be upset because if we go into the Premier League feeling sorry for ourselves we are going to get punished. We have got to stay positive and I am sure we will be fine.”

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