West Ham: Wenger reveals interest; former striker criticises club; Oxford latest
Arsene Wenger revealed to the press that Arsenal did not enter into negotiations with the Hammers over forward Theo Walcott as the Frenchman was never open to the idea of selling the former Southampton prodigy who has enjoyed some fine form this season to date. He told the media:
“Look, I haven’t spoken to anybody because I was not ready to let him go. I always wanted to keep him. What I’ve seen of him is that he lets the passion for the game come out of his body. That’s what you want from him.”
It always seemed that a move for Walcott would have been hugely ambitious for the Irons, but he was one of the many names to be linked to the club that would amount to nothing with no deal forthcoming.
Another striker who has worn the colours of West Ham will be headed to the London Stadium for the first time this weekend as Jermain Defoe’s Sunderland visit Stratford as they seek to climb out of the relegation zone. Defoe told the Sunderland official website that he believes the club has gone backwards since moving to their new home, saying:
“You could say they have gone backwards a little bit from last season. For West Ham, playing in their new stadium, the pressure is on them and we can use that to our advantage. The West Ham home fans expect so much from their team, especially given the standard they set last season.”
In truth, it is hard to disagree with Defoe, who will be hoping to be on the scoresheet there as he was so many times before whilst the club played at Upton Park.
At the other end of his career, starlet Reece Oxford has given another hint about his future with his tweet:
To feel success you got to struggle 😶🙄
— Ox (@Reeceoxford_) October 17, 2016
Fans have taken the message in a number of ways, with many claiming that it shows that he is prepared to stay and fight for a place in the Hammers first team amid interest from both Manchester clubs.
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