West Ham ready to exploit Arsenal’s weaknesses, says Allardyce

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce urges his side to exploit Arsenal's weaknesses on Boxing Day

Sam Allardyce
West Ham are currently 17th in Premier League Photo: Back Page Images

Sam Allardyce has urged West Ham United to exploit Arsenal’s weaknesses at Upton Park on Boxing Day.

The Gunners are currently in second place after being held to a goalless draw by Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

We’ll protect ourselves on Arsenal’s abilities and then try to exploit their weaknesses

Sam Allardyce

The Hammers have lost their last five meetings with the north London side, but Allardyce has been inspired by Chelsea’s stalemate.

“Arsenal had a very tactical game (against Chelsea). We could do with locking them out like Chelsea did,” Allardyce said.

“We got tumbled over twice by them last year, particularly at the Emirates, so we’ll protect ourselves on Arsenal’s abilities and then try to exploit their weaknesses.”

Allardyce also remained tight-lipped on speculation linking the east London side with a move for ex-Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan in January.

“We’ll be linked with anyone who’s a centre-forward who might be coming back into this country,” he added.

“If there’s a player of any sort of quality we try and find out what the situation might be, but it’s nothing more than that.”

The West Ham boss Allardyce also confirmed injured Andy Carroll is edging towards a return to the first-team training.

“All the injuries are progressing very well. Andy is improving all the time and we expect him to be back among the lads very shortly.”

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