Premier League: Arsenal v West Ham Team News
Avram Grant will hope that West Ham’s record against Arsenal at the Emirates can inspire a change in fortune for his beleaguered team who are rooted at the bottom of the Premier League.
Online bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers and cash back specials for the Premier League clash between London rivals Arsenal and West Ham at 3.00pm on Saturday.
With Arsenal hitting devastating form, Grant will hope his England centre back Matthew Upson can recover from his hamstring problem in time for kick off, while forward Frederic Piquionne is doubtful with a calf injury.
West Ham have won one, drawn one and lost one in three visits since Arsenal relocated to the Emirates in 2006, but their chances of pulling off a shock win are hampered by low confidence and some key absentees.
German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has yet to figure for the Hammers since signing from Stuttgart in the summer and much was expected of the developing Jack Collinson who has yet to appear due to a knee injury.
Arsene Wenger can point to bigger named absentees but his young squad is developing well and with many of his star players returning his options have never been better.
Striker Nicolas Bendtner has returned and made an immediate impact with a Premier League goal when coming off the bench at Manchester City last weekend and he scored again in the midweek Carling Cup win in Newcastle.
Bendtner may be asked to start from the bench on Saturday as Marouane Chamakh has done an excellent job in the absence of Robin van Persie.
Theo Walcott made his return from injury on Tyneside and collected a brace for himself in the 4-0 win and Stan James bet 15/8 for the Arsenal speed merchant to hit the Hammers with a goal at anytime.
Cesc Fabregas is also fully fit and with the big guns available a repeat of last season’s Emirates result could be on the cards, William Hill bet 6/1 for Arsenal to win 2-0.
Possible starting lineups:
ARSENAL: Fabianski, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy, Song, Fabregas, Nasri, Walcott, Chamakh, Arshavin.
WEST HAM: Green, Jacobsen, Da Costa, Upson, Gabbidon, Behrami, Parker, Noble, Dyer, Obinna, Cole.