Arsenal welcome West Ham to the Emirates this weekend, the visitors making the short trip across the capital with both teams desperately seeking points for differing reasons.
Here is all you need to know about Saturday’s Premier League clash:
Back-to-back wins has given Mikel Arteta’s side faint hopes of securing European football, Arsenal unbeaten in their past seven Premier League fixtures to move within eight points of fourth-placed Chelsea.
Securing Champions League football may prove a difficult task, but the Gunners have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks ahead of a favourable run of fixtures.
The north London side face three of the bottom six in their next four fixtures, starting with the visit of a struggling West Ham side that have lost each of their past four away games.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double against Everton last time out took the forward to 17 Premier League goals, the Arsenal captain moving level with leader Jamie Vardy at the top of the scoring charts as he seeks a second successive Golden Boot.
West Ham: WLLDL
West Ham’s survival hopes were given a huge boost following last weekend’s crucial win over Southampton, moving the club outside of the Premier League’s relegation places on goal difference.
The result followed a spirited display in defeat at leaders Liverpool and David Moyes will be pleased with their performances of late, a front four of Sebastien Haller, Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and new signing Jarrod Bowen impressing against the Saints last weekend.
Moyes will hope the showing will increase confidence amongst his ranks ahead of a testing run of fixtures, the trip to the Emirates this Saturday followed by games against Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea.
Just three points currently separates 19th-placed Aston Villa and Brighton in 15th, and West Ham – just a point behind the Seagulls – need to secure a consistent run of results to pull away from a congested dogfight at the bottom.
West Ham 1-3 Arsenal, 9th December 2019
Arsenal ended a run of nine games without a victory in all competitions to register their first three points under caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg, coming from a goal down at half-time to run out 3-1 winners at the London Stadium.
Angelo Ogbonna put West Ham ahead at the interval with a deflected opener, before Gabriel Martinell marked his full Premier League debut with an equaliser on the hour mark.
Nicolas Pepe curled home a superb effort to put the Gunners ahead, and it was three goals in just nine minutes as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired his 11th goal of the season to secure the win.
Predicted Line ups
Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Mari, Luiz, Saka; Ceballos, Xhaka, Ozil; Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette
West Ham: Fabianski; Ngakia, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble, Fornals; Bowen, Antonio, Haller
Who is the referee?
How can I watch Arsenal v West Ham?
US readers can watch the game on NBCSN.
What time is kick off?
Arsenal – 8/15
Draw – 10/3
West Ham – 5/1