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West Ham team news & predicted line-up vs Arsenal

In this piece, we take a look at the latest West Ham team news ahead of their upcoming Premier League clash with Arsenal.

West Ham face off with Arsenal on Boxing Day in their first competitive game since the World Cup.

West Ham head into the game sat down in 16th place in the Premier League having lost four of their last five.

As for Arsenal, they head into the game sat five points clear atop of the Premier League after a superb start.

However, Arsenal will have to face the Hammers without the services of Gabriel Jesus, who picked up a long-term injury at the WC with Brazil.

Predicted West Hamline-up vs Arsenal

West Ham team news vs Arsenal

Ahead of the match, David Moyes spoke to the media on Friday and provided updates on several players.

“Gianluca has an ankle injury and Mick had a calf strain,” the boss confirmed. “They’re improving – we’re hoping that they both have a chance, but I’ve got to say they’re doubtful.

“For all the clubs at this moment in time in the Premier League, you never know who’s fit and available and also who’s returned yet from the games in the World Cup.

“Jarrod Bowen is more than capable [of playing down the middle] if we need to do so. Over the last few years we changed Marko Arnautović from a wide player to a centre forward, we’ve done a little bit the same with Micky Antonio, so who’s to say it won’t be Jarrod who’s next?”

Moyes added: “Nayef had a virus and an injury as well, which didn’t help him and were part of the reasons he didn’t play [against France.

“He’s not back in yet, but he’ll be back in tomorrow and we’ll see how he is.”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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