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  • 23 January 2013
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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.

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Available Squads
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
12Olivier GiroudStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
11Andre SantosDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
2Winston ReidDefender
5James TomkinsDefender
17Joey O'BrienDefender
20Guy DemelDefender
4Kevin NolanMidfielder
-Jack CollisonMidfielder
7Matthew TaylorMidfielder
16Mark NobleMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
12Ricardo Vaz TeStriker
13Stephen HendersonGoalkeeper
33Daniel PottsDefender
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
10Joe ColeMidfielder
26Gary O'NeilMidfielder
Players to Watch
Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Kevin Nolan
Kevin Nolan
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
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.
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.
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