Bilic not to blame for West Ham slump, says Fonte

Aaron Ramsey and Oxlade Chamberlain may return for the Gunners. Antonio is back. Diafra is back and when you talk to him he says he is ready.

Steve Bower: "If ever there was a match where both managers were in the spotlight, then this is it".

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has called on-loan Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere a "great player" as rumours swirl that the East London club will make a move for the 25-year-old in the summer.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal host struggling West Ham this evening (7.45pm kick-off) hoping to keep the pressure on the Premier League's top four. They lost [Dimitri] Payet as well during the season.

The under-fire Arsenal manager, who has yet to reveal whether he will sign a new contract with the Gunners when his current deal expires at the end of the season, declared himself satisfied with the character shown by his side in twice recovering after falling a goal behind to City. You could see that the team were touched on the confidence front and that the fluency in our game suffered. What we want is to come back to win our games.

"Nobody asked me who is captain", he said, speaking ahead of his side's meeting with West Ham United on Wednesday.

I am going for an Arsenal win on Wednesday, and if I am right we will probably hear a lot more about whether Slaven Bilic is being sacked - or not - this week.




"Your philosophy is where you have to have consistency - that is key - and also adjustment, but consistency is the key to have such a long career like he has had".

The 25 year old is now heading towards the final 12 months of his current deal, and the fact that talks are planned - while none have yet taken place with the likes of Kieran Gibbs or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - shows some intent on the part of the club to keep him.

Also, Joshua King scored a dramatic late equaliser for Bournemouth as Liverpool were held 2-2, dropping two crucial points at Anfield.

Bilic, in contrast, has only been at West Ham since the summer of 2015 - yet is now the seventh longest serving boss in the Premier League - and admits it is hard to stay in a job for a lengthy period of time in modern football.

Will West Ham ever win again? The standards of referees (and linesmen) have fallen and, sadly, it has not been addressed by the Premier League or the FA in recent months.

The Hammers now have 33 points from 30 games, 17 fewer than they did at this stage last season. How many do we need to win to finish in the top four?

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