What a start to the season! West Ham win away at the Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Petr Cech of Arsenal fails to punch clear the ball as Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United heads in the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on August 9, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)Pic: Petr Cech of Arsenal fails to punch clear the ball as Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United heads in the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on August 9, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Miracles do happen if you have the right man in charge. 15 games without a win against the Arsenal. And then eight of the team which performed so badly at the end of last season were again involved in what was nothing short of a stupendous victory. 2-0 West Ham at the Emirates!

Match report from the great West Ham blog Claret & Hugh

Only Angel Ogbonna, Dimitri Payet and 16 year old Reece Oxford had not seen action in a West Ham shirt before today – the rest were Sam Allardyce players who could only manage three wins from the final 21 games last season.

Yet today – against an Arsenal team costing millions and millions, these same players, who by and large had been told to get it forward quickly – which is a polite way of saying ‘lump it’ –  produced a style of football which gains nationwide approval.

There’s been a lot of negative stuff doing the rounds on social media this summer – myths perpetrated by people who should know better.

I’ve honestly never paid much attention to pre-season and today showed again how daft it is to judge a season on what happens before it begins.

It also showed that those moaning about the squad being weak – can under the right manager, playing the right way, – take on a new dimension.

That’s what happened at the Emirates on Sunday and let’s remember that the new boss has had just two months with a squad that was split between Ireland and the mainland for a long while.

If such a transformation can take place in such a short space of time what will happen when the team really “get it.”

Happy days really are here again – the West Ham Way is back. We have proper Boleyn boys in charge of our great club and with one or two additions we can become a formidable club under Slaven Bilic.

Come on you Irons!!!

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