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Saturday afternoon sees West Ham United travel across town for their 3pm kick-off with Arsenal at the Emirates with the Gunners the team to beat winning five straight Premier League fixtures and an impressive 2-1 win away at Old Trafford in the FA Cup for a place at Wembley in the semi-finals.

The only hiccup for the Gunners was their 1-3 loss at home to Monaco in the Champions League, and with the second-leg set to be played on Tuesday, manager Arsene Wenger will pick his team with that match in mind.

West Ham meanwhile has been a team on the decline winning just one of their last 11 matches, which has started to put the pressure on manager Sam Allardyce to get some results.


No changes here, with Wenger keeping Colombian keeper David Ospina in nets for the Premiership fixture.

In defence we may see one change with Wenger bringing in Kieran Gibbs at left-back in order to rest Nacho Monreal for Tuesdays Champion League match with Monaco, but Hector Bellerin remains on the right with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the middle of the back-four after Wenger announced new signing Gabriel was still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Mathieu Flamini is now back and available for Saturday, but is unlikely to start as Francis Coquelin has done nothing to warrant being benched.

Spaniard Santi Cazorla has been a revelation playing in a deeper role, and his precision passing with be a big boost to help pick apart the Hammers midfield.

Tomas Rosicky should recover in time from his Illness to play, but providing Arsenal are not losing Wenger will be playing this match with Tuesdays game against Monaco very much on his mind.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set for some time out after straining his hamstring during the Gunners’ FA Cup victory over Manchester United, which means that that Danny Welbeck will probably start on the right flank playing opposite Alexis Sanchez leaving Theo Walcott on the bench.

German international Mesut Ozil will be playing just behind lone striker Olivier Giroud with all watching hope he can put in the kind of performance that was expected following his big-money move from Real Madrid.