West Ham United: Joe Hart keen to bounce back for Hammers at Arsenal after costly mistake
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 April 2018
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England international spilled ball for Peter Crouch to net for Stoke City on Monday
West Ham United keeper Joe Hart will want to bounce back at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday after making a costly error in the home draw against Stoke City on Monday.
The stopper, on loan from champions Manchester City, spilled Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri’s shot, allowing Peter Crouch to score on the rebound in a 1-1 draw.
It was a disappointing mistake from the 30-year-old, who was named man-of-the-match at Chelsea the previous week.
There are serious doubts over whether Hart will now be named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
There are no such concerns over his starting place for the Hammers, though, with the keeper expected to remain between the sticks for the trip to the Emirates Stadium.
West Ham boss David Moyes admits he was as disappointed as anyone to see Hart make such an error against Stoke, but knows his keeper will also be gutted with himself.
The Scot said: “He doesn’t need to (stew over the mistake). I said last week after he made fantastic saves at Chelsea he did well.
“I didn’t go over the top because I expect him to do that, just like Monday and I’ll tell him he should have done better.”
Hart will have to be at his best on Sunday if West Ham are to record a victory at Arsenal, even if the Gunners have been struggling of late. Arsene Wenger’s men suffered a 2-1 loss at Newcastle United last weekend and have seen their lead over seventh-placed Burnley cut to just two points.
It’s been another difficult campaign for the north Londoners, but they still have players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who can cause the Hammers problems.
If Moyes’ men can collect a second win from their last three visits to the Emirates on Sunday, it will be a huge boost to their hopes of avoiding the drop.
A win would take West Ham on to 38 points for the season, but the Scot still has that magical 40-point mark on his mind.
“I think if you get to 40 you’re going to be close (to staying up), so the target has always got to be that. If we get 40 then it’s a big ask for the teams below to get it,” he added.
It seems, then, there is still some work left for the Hammers to guarantee survival.