Cheikhou Kouyate: West Ham can repeat 'unbelievable' away result against Arsenal last season

James Benge
Kouyate beats Petr Cech to head home West Ham's opener against Arsenal in August 2015

Cheikhou Kouyate believes West Ham can repeat their Emirates upset story from nearly two years ago as they eye another scalp against Arsenal.

The Hammers midfielder was on the scoresheet in August 2015 as Slaven Bilic’s reign began with a bang, a 2-0 win over Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season setting West Ham up for a thrilling farewell season at the Boleyn Ground.

Both West Ham and Arsenal head into Wednesday’s Emirates clash among the top flight’s most stuttering sides – between them they have two league wins since the start of February – but Kouyate is convinced the Hammers can stop the rot with another famous away win.

“This is a big test and a big game for us against one of the best teams in the Premier League,” he told the club website. “Arsenal is a nice team which plays good football in a good stadium and they need points, but it is the same for us.

“West Ham need some points and we will battle for the whole 90 minutes to take all three again.

“We had a fantastic result at Emirates last season. I remember it well and it was an unbelievable day for us, so why can’t it happen again this year?”

Kouyate added: “For Arsenal, they have had some bad results but they are still one of the best teams in the league. Arsenal have some great players and we have to be careful because they are a hungry team and they need the points.”

West Ham’s board offered their public backing to Bilic after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Hull, the club’s fourth defeat in a row.

However should West Ham slip further towards the relegation zone, from which they are currently six points clear with eight games remaining, pressure will mount further on Bilic and his players.

“It’s a very, very difficult moment for us, but sometimes you have this period one time in a year or one time in two years,” Kouyate admitted. “It is important that we stay positive, stay together and just focus.

“We need to win some games, just work hard and play hard. We need to take our chances and defend well, but most importantly we need to work together and be positive.”

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