West Ham boosted by Arsenal’s injury woes

West Ham vs Arsenal

Can David Moyes make it two wins on the bounce against Arsenal?

West Ham beat Chelsea 1-0 last weekend as their new Scottish manager recorded his first win in the Hammers dugout.

The club’s record signing, Marko Arnautovic, scored the only goal against the Premier League champs.

On Wednesday West Ham welcome Arsenal to the London Stadium in a second London derby in a week.

Arsenal dropped two points on Sunday at Southampton as the Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw.

Charlie Austin opened early on for Southampton, while Olivier Giroud levelled with a late second half header.

Shkodran Mustafi & Aaron Ramsey

On Tuesday Arsene Wenger met the press before the West Ham game.

Wenger confirmed that German international defender Shkodran Mustafi will be out of action for the West Ham game.

Mustafi also missed the Southampton game through injury. Per Mertesacker stepped in to plug the hole in the Arsenal backline, but the Gunners’ club captain was at fault for Austin’s goal in an underwhelming performance.

Mustafi is in line to return to the line-up at the weekend to take on Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.

At the end of the Southampton game, Aaron Ramsey also picked up a hamstring injury.

Ramsey played the full match at St Mary’s as Wenger had already used his three subs before the Welsh midfielder pulled up.

Wenger has allayed fears that Ramsey will be sidelined for an extended period, although he’ll miss the Hammers clash.

West Ham team news vs Arsenal

Wednesday’s match is likely to come too soon for Sam Bryam, although James Collins has a slight chance of being fit.

Cheikhou Kouyate is being assessed but is more likely to return at the weekend.

An ankle problem keeps Jose Fonte out of action until the new year.

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