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We don't fear anyone, says Maupay

Striker's positive message as Albion look to end 2020 with three points against Arsenal.

By Bruce Talbot • 29 December 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay fired in his fifth goal of the campaign against West Ham on Sunday.

Neal Maupay says Albion have nothing to fear when they take on Arsenal at the Amex tonight.

The Frenchman was impressed by the Gunners when they beat Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday, but Albion are looking for a third successive Premier League win, having triumphed 2-1 in last season's two meetings.

Maupay scored in both – and ended a goal drought lasting 649 minutes on Sunday when he netted in the 2-2 draw against West Ham.

He said, “I watched the Arsenal game. They've got good players and they are not in the league position they want to be in or deserve.

“We beat them twice last season so we are not scared, we don't fear any team in this league. We know some teams in the division have got some really good players and managers, but we believe in ourselves and that’s the main thing. If you have that mentality you can always achieve something in a game and that's how we will approach tonight.”

By Paul Hazlewood
The Frenchman shows his relief after ending a goal drought that lasted 649 minutes.

Maupay was thrilled to end a nine-game goal drought against West Ham. It was his fifth of the season and having scored four in five earlier in the campaign hopes this is the start of another productive run in front of goal.

“I have been waiting for that goal. I have struggled for the last few weeks in terms of confidence in getting the goal. But I never give up and keep trying hard. I was relieved on Sunday and even more happy with what the team showed. It's frustrating that we only drew, but the way we fought was good. Any away point is a good outcome.

“As for me, I try to be the best I can – sometimes that doesn't work, but when it doesn't work you have to keep trying. You have to work knowing you have scored goals before and that the goals will come back at some point. If you keep working, things will change for you.

“I am working at being more consistent. As a team, we're not happy with where we are at the minute, but we know what we need to work on and improve. We have confidence and faith that things are going to change and we will climb the table.”

Maupay says there is extra incentive tonight as it's Albion's last opportunity to gain only their second home win of 2020. The Amex will again be empty but Maupay is determined to give Albion fans plenty of optimism going into the new year.

“We're playing the game we love, but it's a tough time for everyone so we want to go out there and give happiness to our fans with good performances and good results.”

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