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Hodgson: We Have A Big Job On Our Hands

27 December 2017

Roy Hodgson takes his side into the London derby against Arsenal on Thursday evening having watched the north London sides last two games and is in no doubt as to the quality of the players he will come up against.

"I watched their game last Friday night and I thought they were extremely good and their game against Manchester United which they lost but I thought they played exceptionally well, their attacking play was stupendous.

"We know that's what we've got coming, that's what we've got to try to find a way of trying to deal with and the only advantage we have is the fact that it is at home where our fans do give us enormous support and also they're sensible fans they realise that we have got a big job on our hands, they will be expecting us to give our all against Arsenal.”

The draw at The Liberty Stadium extended the unbeaten run for Hodgson’s side to eight games and coming up against the north London side it is a contest that the experienced boss will approach hoping to take the positives from recent weeks into the night’s action.   

“I certainly don’t look forward to playing the teams that are fully expected to beat us and they are such a good team with so many good players. We are going to find it very difficult and will have to be at the absolute top of our game and hope that Arsenal are not at their best then we might have a chance.

“We need to build on the four points we have just picked up away from home as they will hopefully stand us in good stead and can go into the next two with a degree of confidence as we have not been playing badly and if we can keep that going we may even get points from those games that people don’t expect us to."

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