West Ham v Arsenal preview: Aaron Ramsey and Shkodran Mustafi out
Last Updated: 13/12/17 6:37pm
Arsenal will be without Shkodran Mustafi and Aaron Ramsey when they travel to West Ham in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Mustafi missed Sunday's 1-1 draw at Southampton due to a thigh problem while Ramsey sustained a hamstring injury late in the game at St Mary's.
The draw was another setback for the Gunners away from home in the Premier League this season, with only two of their nine wins coming on the road.
West Ham, meanwhile, are buoyant following their 1-0 win over Chelsea at the London Stadium on Saturday - a result that lifted the Hammers to third-bottom in the table and level on points with 17th-placed West Brom.
It also marked West Ham's first win in nine and David Moyes' first since taking charge at the club.
"They rebuilt some confidence against Chelsea," said Wenger of the Hammers. "So it will be certainly a game with a West Ham team that is more confident. More dangerous as well."
Edimilson Fernandes is a doubt for West Ham after hurting his ankle in training. James Collins is not yet ready to return and Sam Byram and Jose Fonte remain out.
Cheikhou Kouyate could return to the squad after he missed out against Chelsea with a hamstring problem.
Arsenal will be without Mustafi and Ramsey while Santi Cazorla (ankle) remains a long-term injury absentee.
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 in August 2015.
The Gunners are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight away games against West Ham (W7 D2), since a 0-1 loss in November 2006.
This will be West Ham's 100th home London derby in the Premier League. They've won 36 of their previous 99 (D22 L41), including Saturday's 1-0 victory against Chelsea.
Despite beating reigning champions Chelsea on Saturday, this will be the 42nd consecutive Premier League matchday in which David Moyes has started in charge of a team in the relegation zone - a competition record.
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Arsenal have conceded 32 Premier League goals away from home in 2017. Only West Ham (35) & Stoke & Watford (33 each) have shipped more.
No player has scored more substitute goals for a single Premier League team than Olivier Giroud - level with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd (17).
Mesut Ozil has scored in each of his last three Premier League games against West Ham, while also providing an assist in the last two.
West Ham are a bag of revels. I watched them play at Everton, and they were absolutely slaughtered. They were so poor. They then could have got a result at Man City then they beat Chelsea. I still think Arsenal will win this, because Arsenal do have joy at West Ham, and they put so much into that win over Chelsea they might not have much left in the tank.
Paul predicts: 1-3 (11/1 with Sky Bet)
Arsenal are Sky Bet's 8/13 favourites for the victory with West Ham 17/4 for another rivals' scalp while the draw is a 16/5 chance. Javier Hernandez is considered the hosts' main threat at 15/2 to net first in a goalscorer market which is headed by 10/3 shot Alexandre Lacazette, while Alexis Sanchez is enhanced from 5/1 to 8/1 to bag a brace in Sky Bet's Price Boosts.
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