Bilic wants Hammers to dominate

New West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is feeling confident ahead of his first season managing in the Premier League, as he prepares to start the season against Arsenal.

The Croatian is set for a tough opener away to the Gunners at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and he admits that being in charge will be tougher than his playing days at Upton Park in the mid-1990s.

"I don't know where this season is going to bring us," he told Sky Sports. "We are going to try to play good football, try to be solid as a unit. Not to let opponents have too many chances, try to dominate.

"It's easy to say before the start of the season. I'm very optimistic, very positive, I'm looking forward and I want us to believe in ourselves, we have something to believe in.

"As a player all that you had to worry about was your job, playing centre half, stopping the forward. Now as a manager you are responsible for everything, it is hard, but I like it.

"I like the responsibility, and I like to try to give my energy to the players, that energy I had on the pitch 20 years ago."

The former centre-back's tenure as manager has not gotten off to a good start, having already bowed out of the Europa League, albeit with a second-string team, after defeat against Astra Giurgiu of Romania.