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West Ham vs Arsenal preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Ben Green

Published: 10:00, 9 December 2019

West Ham and Arsenal lock horns in the capital on Monday night with both clubs looking to bounce back from midweek defeats.

The Hammers thought they had turned a corner after beating Chelsea 1-0 at the weekend but came crashing back down to earth with an uninspiring 2-0 reversal against Wolves on Wednesday.

Arsenal didn’t fare much better in their midweek battle, with Freddie Ljungberg still looking for that first elusive win as interim coach after his side came unstuck in a 2-1 defeat to Brighton the following day.

So, can Manuel Pellegrini put defeat at the Molineux to one side and pick up from the performance at Stamford Bridge? Or will Ljungberg make it third time lucky and lift Arsenal out of the bottom half of the table?

Read on for West Ham vs Arsenal preview, predictions, team news, TV channel information and more.

When is West Ham vs Arsenal and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: London Stadium

Date: Monday, 9 December 2019

Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League

Last five meetings: West Ham vs Arsenal

12 Jan 2019West Ham 1-0 Arsenal (Premier League)

25 Aug 2018Arsenal 3-1 West Ham (Premier League)

22 Apr 2018Arsenal 4-1 West Ham (Premier League)

19 Dec 2017Arsenal 1-0 West Ham (League Cup)

13 Dec 2017West Ham 0-0 Arsenal (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: West Ham (WLLLD) 3-8 Arsenal (LWWWD)

Ones to watch

West Ham: Michail Antonio

The importance of Michail Antonio to this current West Ham side was made evident last Wednesday evening as the Hammers slumped to an insipid defeat at Wolves. His pace, power and physical prowess make for a deadly combination, and unfortunately for Pellegrini, these are three traits sorely lacking in his attack at present.

Antonio is expected back for the Arsenal clash having sat out last week and will be key if West Ham are to achieve back-to-back home wins over their London rivals.

Key stat: Antonio has registered more shots per 90 minutes in the Premier League than any other West Ham player this season (four).

Arsenal: Bernd Leno

Arsenal have proven exceptionally fragile at the back, but there is one shining light in their leaky defence: Bernd Leno. The German shot-stopper has been imperious between the sticks and has more than proven his worth since pitching up from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

The Londoners have already seen 23 goals hit the back of their net, but that number could have been so much worse were it not for the dextrous exploits of arguably the player of their season so far — West Ham will do well to breach Leno’s net on Monday.

Key stat: Leno has made more saves than any other Premier League goalkeeper this season (66).

Team news

West Ham

As mentioned, the Hammers should be boosted by the return of Antonio, who is expected to feature having not travelled to the West Midlands last week.

Robert Snodgrass sustained a knock at Wolves but should shake it off in time for Monday night, while Jack Wilshere and Winston Reid are touch and go to make the squad.

Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Lanzini remain long-term absentees but are expected back in the coming weeks.

Predicted XI: Martin; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Rice, Noble; Anderson, Fornals, Yarmolenko; Antonio.

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Dani Ceballos remains sidelined with a thigh injury and is not expected back until later this month, while Rob Holding could make the squad having overcome a knee agitation.

Predicted XI: Leno; Bellerin; Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney; Guendouzi, Torreira; Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette.

Squawka prediction

Both sides have proven very lightweight these past few months, which certainly bodes well for Arsenal heading into this match. The Hammers pulled off an unexpected win over Chelsea last week, but their vulnerabilities and deep-lying problems were laid bare at Wolves just four days later. Despite Arsenal also being on a slump at the minute, they possess more than enough quality in attack to really unsettle and expose a defence that has left a lot to be desired this campaign.

Scoreline prediction: West Ham 1-2 Arsenal