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Karren Brady: This is why West Ham are becoming like Arsenal

By Matt Farr

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady had delivered the tongue-in-cheek claim that the Hammers have become like Arsenal in their ability to grind out 1-0 victories.

Under George Graham’s tenure between 1986 and 1995, the Gunners recorded a large number of 1-0 victories, managing seven such results in the 1993-94 season alone.

At one stage, Graham began fielding almost a team of centre-backs to ensure his side kept clean-sheets.

Gunners fans started to chant ‘one-nil to the Arsenal’ during the games, a boast which has stayed with the club through to the present day.

But after recording back-to-back 1-0 victories against Hull and Burnley in the Premier League in December, Karren Brady joked that West Ham should make the chant their own.

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Brady told the Sun: “I think we may be taking over the Gunners’ old boast of ‘One-nil to the Arsenal’.

“That’s four out of seven at home this season, with another Mark Noble penalty securing the points against a resolute Hull just a few days after our skipper did the same at home to Burnley.

“Both games underline the point about the Premier League. It is now so tight, with such small margins between the best and the rest. Seven points in a week will do for us.”

West Ham made a disappointing start to the season, where they found themselves lurking precariously above the relegation zone.

However, after a three-game unbeaten run, the Hammers are now five points clear of the drop in 13th. They can extend that run on Boxing Day, where they face relegation rivals Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

A win for West Ham could see them jump into the top ten for the first time this season.

In other West Ham news, Danny Murphy does not believe the Hammers are getting the best out of Andy Carroll.