West Ham vs Arsenal preview: latest team news, score predictions, probable line-ups & more
⚽ Team news
Arsenal: Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal are back in formation after injuries and Unai Emery is going to have plenty of defensive options to choose from. Rob Holding remains sidelined as well as Danny Welbeck.
West Ham: Ex-Gunner Samir Nasri is very likely to feature against his former side. The Hammers have a long injury list which includes Winston Reid, Jack Wilshere, Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena, Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez and Andriy Yarmolenko.
⚽ Stats you need to know (courtesy of Opta)
• West Ham have won just one of their last 21 Premier League matches against Arsenal.
• Arsenal are unbeaten in 11 away matches at West Ham in all competitions (W8 D3).
• West Ham have lost more Premier League games against Arsenal (29) than they have against any other side.
• Arsenal have netted in their last 20 matches in the Premier League, the only game where they failed to score was the season opener against Manchester City (0-2).
• If Arsenal win this, they will register three consecutive Premier League London derby wins for the first time since March 2015.
• Arsenal boss Unai Emery has never won away against West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini (P6 W0 D2 L4).
• Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has registered 6 goals and 2 assists in each of his last four Premier League London derby matches.
⚽ Probable line-ups
Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Iwobi.
West Ham: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Rice, Snodgrass, Anderson, Arnautovic, Carroll.
⚽ Score predictions
Paul Merson, Sky Sports: West Ham 2-2 Arsenal
"Arsenal struggle to stop goals going in and West Ham's best form of defence is attack. I don't know how Arsenal will cope with the likes of Carroll, Arnautovic and Anderson, but the Gunners are good going forward so it makes for an entertaining game."
⚠️Predictions of the West Ham v Arsenal for tomorrow!? ⚠️👇🏼— Grant Herbert (@Grantcvs44) January 11, 2019
🔴 I predict Arsenal will take another easy win like they have been for the past couple seasons against the hammers... 3-1 for the Arsenal 🔴
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Mark Lawrenson, BBC: West Ham 1-2 Arsenal
"Normal service will be resumed this weekend in terms of Premier League teams going with their strongest line-ups after resting players last week - not just here, but across the division. In the Premier League, the Hammers' form has been very up and down in recent weeks, but the same could be said about the Gunners.
"I am going for an Arsenal win here, but it is clear that Unai Emery still has a lot of work to do. He has only been in charge for half a season and I think that, when they come up against the top teams, the same problems still remain.
"The main issue is at the back. Would I back them defensively? No, absolutely not. Too many of their defenders are not Champions League level, which is the standard they need them to be at."
Michael Owen, Betvictor: West Ham 2-1 Arsenal
"Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 away games against West Ham in all competitions, but if there is to be a winner at the London Stadium I feel it will be the hosts as I still have my reservations about the Gunners defensive capabilities.
"Yes, the hosts have conceded at least once in their last eight home PL games and I would be surprised if the Hammers kept a clean sheet this weekend, but Manuel Pellegrini has never finished on the losing side against Unai Emery in six previous home league games. A cracking London derby to look forward to with opportunities at both ends."
⚽ Managers' quotes
Unai Emery, Arsenal:
"We want to find our best performance with the players. Some players can recover their positions in the squad and in the first XI, and some of them we need their performances now. Above all, we are going to have one mix of the players that have been playing and helping us with good performances and adapt against West Ham, imposing our idea on the pitch.
"That’s the mix [we need] for Saturday. It’s good news that we can have more players available. I know that Saturday will be a difficult match because we need to impose our ideas but also for 90 minutes, we need to control their players and their tactical ideas. The respect for us to them is very, very big."
Emery on Manuel Pellegrini: "He’s a very good coach, with a lot of experience. He was the coach at Villarreal & Real Madrid when I was at Valencia. We know each other very well" #WHUARS pic.twitter.com/BK6Ghyb25u— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) January 11, 2019
Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham:
"It's not easy to replace Arsene Wenger after so many years. It's not easy to make a judgement on Unai and Arsenal halfway through the season. Arsene always played in the Champions League so the demands at Arsenal are high and, so far, Unai Emery is working very well."