By Will Butcher

Alvaro Arbeloa believes West Ham must train hard and play at their best to end his side’s dismal run of form.

Speaking to Essex Live, former Liverpool and Real Madrid star Arbeloa revealed that the Hammers squad are hurting after Saturday’s heavy 5-1 defeat to Arsenal and identifies two areas for improvement.

“We have to train with a high intensity and we have to show our best form,” Arbeloa declared. “We are training as hard as we can and we need to stay together as a team and get more points.”

“I think the players are hurting a great a deal after what happened on Saturday. We have a great manager and great players.”

The loss to Arsene Wenger’s high flying Gunners on Saturday saw West Ham stretch their winless run to seven league and cup games.

Currently sitting in 17th place in the Premier League and just one point above the relegation zone, manager Slaven Bilic is under increasing pressure to turn around his side’s form before it is too late.

Arbeloa signed for the Hammers in the summer to provide cover in defence, after an injury to Sam Byram.

World Cup winner Arbeloa has featured just four times for the Hammers this season, as Bilic opts to use a three-man defence instead of last season’s successful 4-2-3-1 system.

However, Arbeloa could feature for the Hammers on Saturday as they travel to Vicarage Road to face Walter Mazzarri’s in-form Watford side.

Three points against the Hornets would see the Hammers move up to a much safer 14th place in the top flight, if other results go their way.

In other West Ham news, this young star is being eyed by Arsenal after a number of impressive reserve side performances.