By Matt Farr

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has called for supporters to get behind the struggling team as he insisted there is a “great spirit” among the players.

The Hammers were defeated 5-1 by Arsenal on Saturday to plunge the club further into trouble, and continue their miserable start to the Premier League campaign.

In response to the defeat, Sullivan released the following statement to fans on the club’s official website:

“There is no disguising the fact that everyone was bitterly disappointed with the home defeat against Arsenal on Saturday,” he began.

“We are refusing to make excuses though and the players will know that the performance was not good enough and we need to show a lot more if we are to get back on the winning trail.

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“Despite what some people have said, there is still a great spirit among the players and everyone is working towards the same objective.

“We all need to stick together and get behind the team. We are all part of the West Ham United family and in hard times families pull together.”

The club are 17th in the Premier League after 14 games, and are without a win in all competitions since the EFL cup victory over Chelsea on October 26. They could plummet into the bottom three if Hull beat Middlesbrough on Monday night.

Their miserable form has led to increased speculation over the long-term future of manager Slaven Bilic, who met with the West Ham board on Monday, to discuss the way forward.

Sky Sports suggest that the under-fire boss is set to continue in his role as West Ham manager, despite their current form.

But no official announcement has yet been made from the club regarding Bilic’s future.

The Hammers next face Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, before a series of must-win games against Burnley, Hull and Swansea.

In other West Ham news, Winston Reid has explained the club’s poor run of results.