Arsenal v West Ham: Premier League preview
Arsenal host London neighbours West Ham on Wednesday night.
Both sides head into the match in particularly poor form. The Gunners have won just three of their last 10 matches, with two of those victories coming against non-league opposition.
West Ham slipped to 14th in the Premier League following their fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday. Andy Carroll’s opener was not enough to prevent his side losing 2-1 to Hull at the KCOM Stadium. Like Arsenal, West Ham have also won three of their last 10 matches.
Arsene Wenger’s side twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday. Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi scored the equalisers for the home side.
Wednesday’s match is a must-win game for Arsenal if they are to reignite their hopes of finishing in the top four. They’re currently 7 points behind 4th-placed Man City, but they do have a game in hand over them.
Arsenal produced one of their performances of the season in the reverse fixture in December. Alexis Sanchez bagged a hat-trick in a 5-1 demolition at the London Stadium.
Laurent Koscielny is out of Wednesday’s game after being substituted at half time against Man City with an Achilles injury. Wenger indicated that there was ‘no timescale on his return’ yet.
On a more positive note, central midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will both be available after missing out on Sunday’s draw.
David Ospina is expected to continue in goal as Petr Cech recovers from a calf problem.
Lucas Perez is ruled out, as is long-term absentee Santi Cazorla, who will miss the rest of the campaign.
West Ham striker Diafra Sakha comes into contention for Slaven Bilic after declaring himself fit. The Senegalese has not played since he scored in the Hammers’ draw at Old Trafford in November.
Mark Noble is likely to come back into the starting line-up, having only been a substitute at the KCOM Stadium.
Winston Reid and Pedro Obiang are expected to miss out once again but Michail Antonio “will hopefully make it for Arsenal” after a thigh injury kept him out on Saturday.
Aaron Cresswell will be assessed after picking up a knock.
Arsenal predicted line-up
West Ham predicted line-up
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Arsenal 2-1 West Ham