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Tony Cottee: West Ham must battle against Arsenal on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 09:08 29 October 2010

WEST HAM UTD v STOKE CITY - CARLING CUP FOURTH ROUND - PICTURE BY STEVE BACON

WEST HAM UTD v STOKE CITY - CARLING CUP FOURTH ROUND - PICTURE BY STEVE BACON

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Hammers should not tryo to outplay the Gunners this Saturday

The most important thing is that West Ham don’t roll over against Arsenal this weekend.

They are in tremendous form at the moment and the way they took apart Manchester City at the weekend was impressive to watch.

Cesc Fabregas after an injury lay-off looked close to being back to his best, while Samir Nasri’s excellent recent form shows no sign of letting up.

They are their creative sparks and key weapons, while the performances of Marouane Chamakh have also impressed and he has led the line well as a lone striker.

You can go to Arsenal and try to play football against them, but in reality it’s unlikely to work and they will pick you off.

It’s a game where you have to role your sleeves up and give maximum effort.

Going to the Emirates is one of, if not the toughest game of the season because of how they pass the ball and it will be interesting to see the formation Avram Grant elects to use.

The likelihood is that he will just play the one up top with Carlton Cole leading the line and pack the midfield in a bid to frustrate the Gunners.

Hopefully matthew Upson would also have recovered from the hamstring injury which saw him replaced by Herita Ilunga on Saturday and the former Gunners’ experience will be vital if West Ham do get anything from the game.

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