By Dean White

29th Apr, 2021 | 3:01pm

West Ham Women Expert looks ahead to next match after 2-0 defeat v Arsenal

We’re delighted to welcome Michelle Irons as our exclusive West Ham Women’s expert. Each week she’ll be giving her views on the biggest talking points at Victoria Road…

Michelle Irons is upbeat about West Ham’s chances of surviving relegation from the WSL despite seeing Olli Harder’s team lose 2-0 to Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little scored either side of half-time to earn Arsenal all three points as they strengthened their bid to qualify for the Champions League.

As for West Ham, defeat at Meadow Park meant they slipped down to 10th in the WSL with two games left to play.

Despite the situation, Michelle Irons is upbeat about West Ham’s chances of avoiding relegation as they performed well in the defeat to Arsenal.

“Once again I thought we played really well. We created some chances and could have equalised at points during the game,” she told West Ham Zone.

“Arsenal are a quality team and are always looking to punish their opponents on the break but we worked really hard and looked tired at the end.

“I feel we really took the game to them and we’re unlucky once again.”

Up next for West Ham is a huge match against Aston Villa.

The West Midlands club is one of two teams below the Hammers in the WSL and a win against them on Sunday would confirm safety for the Londoners.

Michelle Irons is confident after seeing Villa conceded a 96th-minute equaliser in a Second City derby draw with Birmingham this week.

She added: “I’m glad that game is now out of the way but we have to win against Villa on Sunday. That game is a make or break and I truly think if we keep that standard up of what we saw versus Arsenal – and the previous few games – we will win.

“Villa have crumbled from winning positions in their last two games and we should exploit that.

“If we keep our focus and concentration we will get those precious points. I’m looking forward to this game.”

After playing Villa on Sunday, West Ham end their season by welcoming Manchester City to Victoria Road.

Villa, who sit in 11th and one point behind the Hammers as it stands will play away at Arsenal in their final match. 12th-placed Bristol City, who are two points behind the Irons, play Manchester United and Brighton in their last two fixtures.

In other West Ham Women news, our expert has been raving about the potential of this young Irons loanee.

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