Date: 21st August 2018 at 4:53pm
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This Saturday could, we believe, be a pivotal fixture in our season.

The Hammers make the short trip across London to take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

With both clubs having played two Premier League games and with both having lost two, we are at the situation whereby both clubs are at the wrong end of the table.

For Arsenal, it is their worst Premier League start in their history, not the start that Unai Emery was anticipating or indeed wanted after stepping into the position vacated by Arsene Wenger.

For our own Manuel Pellegrini, we may only be two games into the season but having spent in excess of £100 million in our craziest transfer window ever, the pressure is on to deliver.

The home defeat, at the hands of Bournemouth, was totally unexpected and when the final whistle went the London Stadium had thousands of empty seats where the fans had voted with their feet at the fayre served up.

Watching both sides this season, it is clear that both have problems.

Against Manchester City, at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal were opened up at will and things didn’t look much better when they ventured to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with their defence looking decidedly dodgy.

But, the Hammers have shown similar traits.

After seeing Liverpool cut us to pieces at Anfield, we witnessed Bournemouth doing the same to us at the London Stadium.

Some are suggesting that it might not be our defence that is the problem but the midfield, moaning that we lack a decent defensive midfielder in front of the back four.

On Saturday, two of our players will be up against their former clubs, Fabianski and Wilshere, what a golden opportunity both have to get one over a former club.

Fabianski is more than capable of pulling off save after save to deny the Arsenal attack but, more importantly, Wilshere has that natural ability to thread a pass through the Arsenal defence to create chances.

Is Saturday the day our season finally gets kick-started, let’s hope so, otherwise the pressure will mount and mount and the angst will grow.