Premier League In Focus – Arsenal vs West Ham Preview

When? Sunday 22th April, 13:30 (UK)

Where? Emirates Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League

Are tickets still available?

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Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Arsenal W3, D2
Premier League meetings: Arsenal W27, West Ham W7, D9
All-time meetings: Arsenal W64, West Ham W34, D39

ARSENAL

Predicted line-up: Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Xhaka; Iwobi, Ozil, Welbeck; Aubameyang

Unavailable: Cazorla (Injured), Ospina (Injured), Mkhitaryan (Injured)

Doubtful: Ramsey (Injured)

WEST HAM

Predicted line-up: Hart; Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku; Fernandes, Joao Mario; Arnautovic

Unavailable: Obiang (Injured), Byram (Injured), Reid (Injured), Antonio (Injured)

Doubtful: Collins (Injured)

PREDICTION
After defeat to Newcastle last weekend it is fair to say that any lingering hopes that Arsenal would have had of finishing in the top four will have finally evaporated. Because of that defeat, it seems that manager Arsene Wenger will now be putting all his eggs in a Europa League shaped basket.

With Atletico Madrid on the horizon next week, the key players will be rested for what are without doubt two season defining fixtures with Diego Simeone’s men, a scenario that could well play into the hands of the visiting West Ham side that will make the short journey across London this weekend.

The Hammers had more goals disallowed then they registered on Monday after they were held to a draw by Stoke, A game in which they have Andy Carroll to thank after his last-minute equaliser denied Paul Lambert’s men a vital win.

West Ham are unbeaten in their last three league outings and have picked up five points from a possible nine since their 3-0 home defeat to Burnley. The scenes during that game may have been toxic but in a sense, they seem to have since galvanised the players.

David Moyes’ men are breathing just a bit easier at present, but he will know as much as anyone that there is still work to be done if they are to be mathematically sure of beating the drop at the end of the season.

The fact that Arsenal will have more than one eye on their European exploits will bode well for West Ham and they will be confident of picking up a least a point, something that will further aid their quest to stay in the division.

MEMORABLE MEETING
January 2013 saw the two teams square off at the Emirates and it was Arsenal who recorded an emphatic victory in front of their own fans. Although they came out on top by a comfortable margin, they did not have it all their own way.

That’s because they were stunned by Jack Collison’s early strike which put West Ham ahead after 18 minutes. However, from there it was all one-way traffic as Arsenal scored five unanswered goals to make sure of all three points in what ended up being a very one-sided London derby.