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  • 23 January 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 60081
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Arsenal - West Ham Preview: Visitors look to improve rotten away record

Arsenal - West Ham Preview: Visitors look to improve rotten away record

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Arsene Wenger's side go into the game looking to keep their top four hopes alive, while opposite number Sam Allardyce will want to arrest the club's recent slide down the table

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs

Diaby, Wilshere, Cazorla
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Podolski
WEST HAM

Jaaskelainen
Demel, Tomkins, Reid, O'Brien

J. Cole, Diame, Noble, Jarvis
Nolan
C. Cole

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks set to be without Tomas Rosicky (calf) and Lukasz Fabianski (ankle) but Andre Santos could be fit and available for selection after being sidelined with an abdominal injury. Mikel Arteta (calf) has an outside chance of returning, but may not be risked.

Ivory Coast forward Gervinho will be absent due to his presence at the African Cup of Nations, while Abou Diaby will be closely monitored prior to kick-off.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce rested Carlon Cole for the weekend's game against QPR but looks certain to return him to the starting line-up, with Marouane Chamakh, on loan from Arsenal, unavailable for the fixture against his parent club.

Elsewhere, both Andy Carroll and George McCartney miss out with knee injuries for the Hammers away trip to the Emirates Stadium, with James Collins still a doubt with a hamstring strain. Forward Modibo Maiga is also at the ACN with Mali.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal have fewer points after 22 matches than in any other season since Arsene Wenger took charge in 1996.
  • The hosts have won three and lost two of their last five home games, scoring 14 goals and conceding nine in the process.
  • Theo Walcott (pictured, right) has already scored a career-high 14 goals for the season in all competitions.
  • The Gunners are yet to lose a game in which they have taken the lead this season, winning seven and drawing two.
  • Arsene Wenger's side won the reverse fixture in October 3-1 at Upton Park with Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott on target after Mohamed Diame put the hosts ahead.
  • West Ham have picked up just eight points from their last 10 league games.
  • The visitors have failed to score in seven top flight outings this term to Arsenal's six.
  • Sam Allardyce's side have kept just six clean sheets in the Premier League, their last coming six games ago against West Brom.
  • The Hammers have picked up just eight points on the road out of a possible 30 and have a division-low of five goals away from home from 10 games.

Players to watch

T. Walcott

Position: Attacker

Games: 2

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QPR's goal at the weekend through France international Loic Remy exposed how fragile West Ham's back four is on the counter, leaving huge gaps behind them to exploit, with Walcott's pace sure to cause problems through the middle just like it did at Upton Park earlier on in the campaign.

K. Nolan

Position: Midfielder

Games: 13

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Arsenal have shown a worrying weakness at defeding set-pieces and crosses into the box this term and with Carlton Cole likely to lead the line, being alert to his knock-downs while also making himself available both in the air and on the deck is going to prove vital to any hopes the side harbour of picking up a positive result.

Editor's Prediction

While the hosts' record in front of their own fans recently has left a lot to be desired, they are still in far better shape than a deeply out-of-sorts West Ham side that have struggled to pose any sort of goal threat away from home all season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Arsenal

West Ham United

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
Draw
West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
83%

Top 3 Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
3 - 1
West Ham United FC WHU
Arsenal FC ARS
3 - 0
West Ham United FC WHU
Arsenal FC ARS
2 - 0
West Ham United FC WHU

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