Whether it is liked by fans or not, West Ham United have become serious title and major competition serial killers in the Premier League over the last few seasons. Sunday's draw against Premier League leaders Arsenal has severely dented their chances of winning their first major title since Arsene Wenger left AND before!
Over the past few seasons Hammers have dented or destroyed Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool and of course Tottingham's various hopes and that pattern COULD but probably won't continue following the run in games with both Manchester Clubs and Liverpool before the end of the season, The Man Utd and Liverpool games are due to be played at the unnamed Stratford Stadium in the closing stages of the season, the other a trip up to the Etihad for a Haaland inflicted battering unless the Lord comes down to intervene!!
Of course Hammers are in the midst of their own battle, but this is for SURVIVAL, not a higher echelon attainment so fans have absolutely NO need to feel smug in anyway whatsoever, at least until there are enough points on the board. Hammers have arguably the toughest run in of ALL the relegation threatened clubs, the only glimmer of hope is that most of the bottom teams have to play each other before the season's end and the outcomes of their games could serve to nullify most of them from shooting up the table, with the possible exception of Bournemouth who the Irons play on Sunday away at the Amex Stadium who have come into a very decent spell of form.
There is the matter of the Europa Conference league 1/4 final to play against Ghent this Thursday ahead of the Bournemouth game so the squad will be stretched to the full, but that is why clubs have big squads who want to feature in European competition on a consistent basis. This season has obviously NOT gone the way anyone envisaged but redemption for fans, players and owners is still available.
Progress to the 'Con Cup' final and Premier League survival would be totally acceptable now, there will be plenty of time for recriminations and accusations at a later date. For now all that fans can do is get behind their club and be the twelfth man, the Stadium WAS rocking on Sunday against the Gooners! Injuries have played their part as usual in addition to the 'complex' integration of a raft of new players who's arrival was made less than seamless by the managers dinosauric management approach which while currently keeping the team up has failed to get ANYWHERE near the best out of the crop of talented players the Board sanctioned the purchase of.
Having killed off the hopes of other teams, it is to be hoped that Dino doesn't kill off Hammers hopes, which are most definitely precariously balanced. - Ed