ARSENE WENGER’s imminent departure from Arsenal changes the way West Ham have to approach today’s Premier League game.
That’s the view of Hammers boss David Moyes who takes his side to the Emirates this afternoon (1.30pm).
It is the first Arsenal game since Wenger announced he would step down from his role at the end of the season.
Wenger has been Arsenal manager for almost 22 years and resigns having won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.
And Moyes believes the atmosphere at the Emirates will now play a huge impact on today’s clash.
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"A lot of people are now talking very positively about Arsene Wenger, when there were people who didn't before,” said Moyes.
"People in the know understand what he has done and the level of football he has produced. Given all that positivity I am sure their players will be up for it.
"I am not so sure all Arsenal fans were 100 percent behind the manager, but I'm sure they appreciate that he has given the best of his ability over 22 years.
"It changes everything. It may have changed the tone of a game in that you go there and try to keep everybody quiet.
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“But now everybody will probably go there to show their appreciation of what he has done.”
West Ham travel to the Emirates sitting in 14th place in the Premier League table.
Arsenal are sixth, though are 14 points off fourth-placed Tottenham.
Arsenal dominated the match between the two earlier in the season though the Hammers held firm for a goalless draw.