Haksabanovic keen to end season on a high


Summer signing Sead Haksabanovic is keen to end West Ham United’s U23 season on a high when they take on London rivals Arsenal at London Stadium on Friday evening.

The Montenegrin’s side face the Gunners, who are top of Premier League 2 Division 1 and will be desperate to claim three points to ensure their campaign finishes with them as champions.

But the Hammers, following defeat to Derby County on Monday, are looking to get back to winning ways and will not roll over for their opponents, claims Haksabanovic.


He said: “It is the last game for us in Premier League 2 and it’s a big scene at the Stadium, so everybody is looking forward to it.

“Arsenal are trying to win the league we are in so they will need to win on Friday, so it will make it a very interesting game for everyone.

“It will be hard but it’s also a London derby so it makes it a great game for everyone to be involved in and we will be looking to get the three points.”

West Ham’s U23s were promoted to Division 1 last season and have performed impressively all campaign given it is their first term at this level.

Rarely dropping into the bottom half, Terry Westley’s men are on course for a top-five finish in the 12-team league, something Haksabanovic believes the squad should be proud of.

“The season has been really good for us,” he declared. “We maybe should have won some more games than we have this year but that’s how football goes.

“There have been times when we have been unlucky and have had chances but not been able to win games, and that happened against Derby on Monday.

“But overall, I think the season has been good and hopefully we can finish it on a high against Arsenal in front of the fans on Friday.”

Please note that if travelling to the game on Friday, Pudding Mill Lane station will not be in use due to the DLR strike that day. Supporters are advised to use alternative routes.

Supporters who are Season Ticket Holders and/or Claret Members can attend Friday’s Premier League 2 match, which kicks off at 7pm, for free. Click here to book your seat.

Otherwise, tickets are priced at £5 and £3 for adults and concessions respectively. Click here to book your seat.