Nobes - We've done good business



  • West Ham captain Mark Noble is pleased with the Club’s summer transfer window deals
  • The Hammers signed Simone Zaza and Alvaro Arbeloa in the last days of August
  • Noble also revealed he thinks Saturday’s match against Watford will be a tougher test than last

Hammers skipper Mark Noble believes the Club’s business in the transfer window will stand them in good stead for the rest of the campaign.
West Ham completed the additions of Simone Zaza and Alvaro Arbeloa in the final few days of the window, adding the pair to their impressive haul which includes the likes of Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit and Andre Ayew.
And ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Watford at London Stadium on Saturday, Club Captain Noble is confident the new acquisitions can help Slaven Bilic’s team win three points.
He said: “Adding Simone Zaza to the squad as well as our other signings was great business by the Club though sometimes you only know how good your signings are going to be by playing games and putting points on the board.
“Alvaro Arbeloa is a great signing for us as well and he trains like he would have done when he was 21, I’ve noticed that in the last couple of days.
“You don’t play for Real Madrid for that long if you don’t for one have quality or if you don’t have a good attitude. He’s going to be a great acquisition to the team.


“We have Dimi [Payet] coming back from France, Manu [Lanzini] is back to full fitness, and Feghouli is back in full training and this squad looks a lot stronger so we’re looking forward to the game on Saturday.”
Last season against the Hornets, Noble bagged two penalties against Quique Sanchez Flores’ side in a 3-1 home victory at the Boleyn Ground.
Since, the Hertfordshire outfit have changed their manager with many new signings following him through the Vicarge Road revolving door, and the Hammers’ longest serving player believes it will this season be a much tougher test.
“It was good to score two against them at home last year but it will be a bit different this time around because back then they were resting some players for their FA Cup semi-final.
“This year it will be tougher, but we need to win our home games. We have more players coming back fit and we will be ready to go on Saturday to try and get three points.
“We’re in the same points position as we were last season having lost to Leicester and Bournemouth at home and beaten Arsenal away, so we’re at the same level.
“We’re still very positive and looking forward to the rest of the season."