West Ham United v Arsenal: Premier League Match Preview
West Ham United host Arsenal in the Premier League at the London Stadium tonight (8.00pm kick-off UK time).
The Hammers despite being boosted by their 1-0 win over reigning Premier League Champions on Saturday are in 19th position in the table, with 13 points from 16 matches.
It was West Ham’s first league win in nine attempts (D3, L5).
The Hammers three Premier League wins have all come at home, having also beaten Huddersfield Town and Swansea City.
West Ham are aiming to win home matches against both Chelsea and Arsenal in the same season for the first time since 1986-87.
After their 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday Arsenal are in 6th position in the Premier League table, with 29 points from 16 matches.
The result continued Arsenal’s poor run of form away from home this season (W2, L4, D2).
The Gunners could go three league games without a win for the first time since April.
Nine of Arsenal’s 11 defeats in 2017 have come away from home.
Arsenal have conceded 32 Premier League goals away from home in 2017. Only West Ham (35) and Stoke and Watford (33 each) have shipped more.
No team though has gained more points from losing positions in the Premier League this season than Arsenal (10 – level with Manchester City).
Arsenal won both Premier League meetings between the teams last season.
The Gunners won 5-1 at the London Stadium on 3rd December 2016. Alexis Sanchez scoring a hat-trick (72, 80, 86), with Mesut Ozil (24) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (84) netting the other two goals. Andy Carroll (83) scored for the Hammers.
Arsenal won the return fixture 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium on 5 April 2017, with goals from Mesut Ozil (58), Theo Walcott (68) and Olivier Giroud (83).
West Ham have won just one of their last 18 Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W1 D3 L14), with this win coming at the Emirates Stadium in August 2015.
Against no side have Arsenal won more away Premier League games than they have against West Ham (12, same as Everton and Aston Villa).
Indeed, the Gunners are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight away games against West Ham (W7 D2), since a 0-1 loss at Upton Park in November 2006.
West Ham United
Andy Carroll has five goals in eleven career appearances against Arsenal.
With his winner against Chelsea on Saturday, Marko Arnautovic became the 140th different player to score a Premier League goal for West Ham – only Tottenham (142) have had a higher number of players score for them in the competition.
The win over Chelsea was also a landmark for Hammers stalwart Mark Noble. It was the 100th Premier League win that he has played in for West Ham United – the first player to reach this landmark for the club.
Mesut Ozil has scored in his last three Premier League games against West Ham, including in both meetings between the teams last season.
Olivier Giroud pressed his claim for a first start in the Premier League this season with his late equaliser against Southampton on Sunday. He has scored four league goals in 13 substitute appearances during this campaign.
No player has scored more substitute goals for a single Premier League team than Giroud – level with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd (17). Only Jermain Defoe (23) has scored more substitute goals overall in the competition.
Moyes got his first win since being appointed as West Ham United manager, at the fifth attempt, with the 1-0 win over Chelsea at the London Stadium on Saturday.
“If you talk about Arsenal, they’re a really good team with excellent players, but we need to find a way of getting a result. If we can score another early goal, we’ll be thrilled.
“I’m not an expert on Arsenal, but whoever they select will be good players.
“Olivier Giroud scored against me last year at Sunderland. He’s important for Arsenal and who knows if he’ll start after he scored off the bench on Sunday? They’ve got good forwards and we’ll have to work hard to keep them out.”
On Arsene Wenger, he added.
“He’s had great longevity and his energy to keep doing the job in a difficult time, he’s done a brilliant job over the years and I respect him for what he does. I want to beat his Arsenal teams every time, though, even though I admire what he has achieved there!”
“It’ll be a game against a confident and dangerous team.
“They were unlucky to lose to Manchester City, and will have had a confidence boost in beating Chelsea on Saturday.
“They have had 24 hours longer to recover than us, so they shouldn’t suffer physically from their efforts on Saturday.
“David Moyes has big experience in the Premier League, so it’s no surprise that their confidence and performances will improve.”
West Ham United
Adrian is set to continue in-goal after replacing Joe Hart for the last two Premier League matches.
Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez are both pressing for a return to the starting eleven after recovering from injury. Both were on the substitutes bench against Chelsea on Saturday.
Edi Fernandes is a doubt after hurting his ankle in training.
Cheik Kouyate has returned to training, but tonight’s match comes too soon for him.
James Collins remains out.
Shkodran Mustafi has returned to training, but is not ready to return tonight.
Aaron Ramsey is out with the hamstring injury he sustained in the draw at Southampton on Sunday.
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Eddie Smart, Harry Lennard
Fourth official: Craig Pawson
Arsenal to win 2-1.