If West Ham are to get anything out of Saturday's tough clash at Arsenal, Sam Allardyce said his team will have to repeat the effort put in against Chelsea.
With the Hammers winning just one of their last 11 games, coming up against the Gunners is not ideal for them, especially considering they have failed to beat the North Londoners in their last 14 attempts.
The East Londoners last scalp against Arsene Wenger’s men was in 2007, when a Bobby Zamora lob, and a stellar display from goalkeeper Rob Green, was enough to inflict Arsenal’s first defeat at the Emirates stadium.
Allardyce said his squad should use the narrow defeat to the league leaders on March 4 as inspiration.
"We need to try and repeat the performance we gave against Chelsea," he said. "I watched Arsenal play Manchester United in the FA Cup and they played well. We know the quality of the players they’ve got and we know how difficult it is at the Emirates.
"Strangely enough, we’ve gone there a couple of times and got in front, but it hasn’t lasted very long!
“We will give it our best shot, and hope the lads perform at the same level as they did against Chelsea."
Allardyce says he believes Arsenal have a few weaknesses but his side will have no chance unless they play at their best.
"We can’t afford to miss as many chances as we did against Chelsea," he added. "As a manager, I haven’t seen my side create more chances against a Chelsea side since 2001. Unfortunately we didn’t convert any of them which is one of the reasons why we didn’t get anything out of the game.”
The Upton Park outfit have some injuries to contend with ahead of Saturday’s away trip.
Winston Reid is sidelined with a hamstring strain, Carl Jenkinson is ineligible because he is on loan from Arsenal and Enner Valencia is a major doubt with a foot injury.
The Ecuadorian picked up the nasty injury in bizarre circumstances, dropping a hot cup onto his foot, causing a deep cut to his big toe.
After a poor run of form, West Ham have been preparing themselves for the rest of the campaign with some warm weather training in Dubai for the past week.
Former Blackburn Rovers gaffer Allardyce said that it has proven to be a success for the past of management. He said that gives good support to calls for a winter break for the Premier League.
“The time of the year was perfect in terms of the training facilities”, said Allardyce. “My old friend at Blackburn Michel Salgado helped us out. The lads have enjoyed the quality of Dubai which is very important at this time of year. The little bit of rest physically and mentally will help us focus more on the last 10 games of the season.
“I’ve been doing for the past 14 years with all of the teams I’ve had. The research into this needs to go to the League Managers Association to add to the fact that the Premier League needs a mid-season break, and I think the evidence is there for all to see.
"It reduces the risk of injuries. Teams coming out of Christmas and New Year are very fatigued and it’s why the English teams that play in big European competitions are not advancing to the latter stages, because everyone else has had a break and they haven’t. For us, it’s just about doing what we normally do, getting away for a few days and coming back and hopefully increasing the level of results than we previously had and hopefully that will work over the next 10 games.”
Arsenal v West Ham, 3pm, Saturday