JOHN PAINTSIL insists he will prove West Ham wrong for labelling him pants — by firing Fulham up the Premier League.

The Ghana defender was axed in the summer after two miserable years at Upton Park.

But the 27-year-old, whose Hammers shirt was misspelled to read PANTSIL, reckons he will have the last laugh if the Cottagers finish higher in the table.

Paintsil, whose side take on Arsenal today, said: “Fulham is a fantastic place for me to continue my career.

“I was frustrated at West Ham because I wasn’t playing. As an international, sitting on the bench was not enough for me.

“I needed to go where I could get more action so, when Fulham came in, I was happy to join them because it is a great side and had a lot of prospects for me.

“I strongly disagree that we will be fighting relegation again this season.

“The coach came in late last season when the team was struggling but he turned things around.

“Now, from what I have seen so far, we are building on what we did at the end of last season and I am confident that things will be much better.

“The squad has also been made stronger. I’m confident we’ll finish in the top 10 rather than be fighting relegation.”