Match Preview: West Ham v Arsenal (Overview, Team News, Manager Quotes and Probable Line-ups)


West Ham awaits Arsenal in a massive game at Upton Park on Saturday. As both teams realize nothing less than three points will be acceptable, the fixture is expected to provide a very open and attacking game. Coming into the game at the back of two wins, Arsenal has revived some of their old forms but, remain far away from being anywhere near challenging for the title. The Hammers, on the other hand, have not harbored any such expectations. They are, however, in striking distance of the prestigious fourth spot and will hope to grab three points against an Arsenal side which has underperformed again this season.

Team News

There was good news for Arsenal as Wilshere and Rosicky made their return in a U21 game. They are expected to be on the bench for the encounter

Cech is expected to be in the starting 11 after being on the bench against Watford last week. Flamini and Ramsey could start as well after recovering from hamstring and thigh injuries respectively.

Bilic, on the other hand, will be free to pick his strongest side after Kouyate’s red card was rescinded on appeal. The Croatian will hope his side’s well-drilled defense proves enough to debunk Arsenal’s free-flowing style. Payet would again be their go-to man in this crucial match.

Arsene Wenger Quotes

Wenger was candid in the pre-match presser, explaining why he passed over Payet in the transfer window.

Slaven Bilic Quotes

Slaven Bilic talks Arsenal, the race for the fourth place and provides the latest team news-

Probable Lineups

West Ham United: Adrian; Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Antonio, Payet, Lanzini; Sakho

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal; Coquelin, Elneny; Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi; Welbeck