Sunday 02 Apr
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Manager on Monday

Slaven Bilic shouts instructions from the touchline at Hull

  • Slaven Bilic knows importance of ending losing run at Arsenal
  • Manager calls on team to 'show what they're made of' at Emirates Stadium
  • Bilic bemoans impact of individual errors on recent results

Slaven Bilic says the Hammers need to stand up and be counted as they look to end a run of four consecutive defeats when they take on Arsenal on Wednesday.

The Hammers fell to a 2-1 defeat at Hull City on Saturday, on the heels of losses to Chelsea, AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City, to allow the Tigers to move within six points of them.

After taking the lead at the KCOM Stadium, Bilic felt his side paid the penalty for individual errors once again and knows the trip to Emirates Stadium will be a test of character.

He said: "I am positive, we are very positive of course. I can't lie and say that after the game the atmosphere was brilliant in the dressing room.

"Of course it wasn't, after four defeats in a row, but now it about us showing what we're made of. Showing character and quality over the whole 90 minutes.

"First of all, we need to stop the individual, sloppy mistakes that we are making because there was the goal on Saturday, two against Leicester, one against Bournemouth, Chelsea, Watford, West Brom. We are conceding too many from set pieces.

"We have to show what we are made of. It's my job to do that and we will."

Now it about us showing what we're made of. Showing character and quality over the whole 90 minutes

Slaven Bilic

The Hammers are set to be boosted by the return of Michail Antonio for Wednesday's game, with skipper Mark Noble also back in contention.

Bilic revealed: "Michail Antonio is looking really good. He was 50/50 for Saturday, which gives him a good chance to make it for Arsenal.

"Obiang and Reid are out, Sakho is getting [closer to being] back and Noble could play. He didn't train with us for a couple of weeks because of injury and now he's back available for us."