Filed: Tuesday, 14th March 2017
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United captain Mark Noble says that the current season has been the toughest yet for him at the club.
The 29-year-old told Sky that off-field issues had made the current campaign the "hardest" of his time at the club, for whom he first signed at the age of 11 after leaving Arsenal's Academy.
And he responded to calls by some fans on social media for his replacement in Slaven Bilic's team by accusing supporters of failing to "understand the game".
"It's probably been the hardest [period] of my West Ham career because we've had so much to deal with off the pitch,"he said. "The move to the new stadium, the Dimi situation, so much has gone on and we lost four of our best players to injury in pre-season, which is hard to replace.
"You've got to stick at it. The players have dug in and though we've lost a couple of games, in this day and age you're not allowed to lose games. If I am really honest, a lot of people who now go to football don't really understand the game.
"Football is a game of moments now and if someone does four step-overs, they've had an incredible game," he continued. "That's not something I do. It's just football, you've got to live with it.
"The things Arsene Wenger has done for Arsenal and some people want him out. Players like Wayne Rooney, some people want him out of the Manchester United team. That's why we are captains of our clubs, because we can handle that pressure."
Noble has made 31 appearances for West Ham so far this season, scoring five times. He is currently one game away from a two-match ban, having collected nine bookings so far this term (eight in the Premier League and one in the EFL Cup).
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