West Ham United | Arsenal v West Ham Preview!
UK time is: 06:29:06
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Arsenal vs. West Ham

Emirates Stadium



Arsenal v West Ham Preview!

West Ham make the short journey to North London tonight, to face Arsenal, looking to improve on an away record that is, to be perfectly frank, giving us cause for concern. The fixture is, of course, the one that should have taken place on Boxing Day but was postponed because of the transport strike. Can West Ham get anything from this game? That remains to be seen.

Vital Quotes:

Arsenal one of the giants of the game; are going through a barren spell trophy wise. A side that used to regularly pick up silverware hasn`t done so since the FA Cup win in 2005. This season there are fears that they may not qualify for the Champions League next season and a recent defeat, against Chelsea, has Arsene Wenger a little worried with the Frenchman remarking,

"The position we are in now is a bit backs to the wall because we have to respond."

"I`m confident we will, but the team was very down after the Chelsea game."

Can we heap more misery on Arsene and his Gooners?

Arsenal Team News:

On the positive side, Arsene Wenger is able to welcome back Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian, both of whom missed the defeat against Chelsea through illness.

On the negative side, Arsene Wenger will have to do without Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin, both of whom pickled up injuries at Stamford Bridge, the former a thigh problem and the latter a hamstring problem.

Player to watch: Jack Wilshire

The talented midfielder is slowly getting back to his best after a long absence through injury. If we give him the time and space, he could be our undoing!

West Ham Team News:

Big Sam takes his squad to the Emirates Stadium with no fresh injury concerns.

James Collins is again expected to miss out and we expect Carlton Cole to start up front with our recent loan signing, Marouane Chamakh, illegible to play against his parent club.

Player to watch: Mome Diame

You just get that feeling that Diame is bound for Arsenal and tonight is the ideal opportunity for the player to impress. If Diame is to leave then let`s hope he can help engineer a famous away win tonight.

Match Facts & Stats

Fortune doesn`t favour the brave as far as fixtures against Arsenal are concerned for West Ham. In our last 10 fixtures against the Gunners we`ve failed to win any, in the process losing 8 and drawing 2

Our away form, as mentioned previously in this preview, is poor. The statistics show that form 30 points available we`ve managed to claim just 8. Perhaps the fact that we`ve also failed to keep a clean sheet in our last 11 league games might have something to do with it.

But, if we can pull off a win tonight then we`ll inflict a third consecutive Premier League defeat on Arsenal that would be the first time they`ve suffered that fate in a year.

Ref Watch:

Our officials are;- Referee - A. Marriner Assistant - M. Mullarky Assistant - A. Garratt Fourth Official - A. Taylor

Match Prediction:

Some would say I`m mad to predict a win for West Ham when you consider our away form, but someday that has to change so why not tonight. A battling performance and a 1-0 win this optimist is going for!

Next Fixtures:

We take a break this weekend as it`s the FA Cup 4th round and we fell at the first hurdle to Manchester United, albeit after a replay. Therefore our next game is a fixture against Fulham, next Wednesday 30th January.

The Journalist

Writer: Rossy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 23 2013

Time: 12:58PM


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent West Ham United Articles

Allardyce for England! (Thursday June 30 2016)

Inter Milan Want Payet (Wednesday June 29 2016)

Gold Dismisses Bilic to England Talk (Wednesday June 29 2016)

West Ham Set to Miss Out on Target (Wednesday June 29 2016)

Tore Must Be A Permanent Deal (Tuesday June 28 2016)

West Ham Gazumped for Batshuayi? (Tuesday June 28 2016)

Archived West Ham United Articles

List All Vital West Ham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts

West Ham United Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Mings set for Ipswich return?
AFC Bournemouth : 02/07/2016 05:00:01
Ritchie completes Newcastle switch
AFC Bournemouth : 01/07/2016 20:26:01
Deeney Brings An End To Leicester Speculation
Watford : 01/07/2016 20:26:00
Success & Kabasele Join Watford
Watford : 01/07/2016 20:21:01
Angella Departs Vicarage Road
Watford : 01/07/2016 20:17:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Reece Oxford's Future?
Suggested By:  rossy
He'll Stay at West Ham! 64%
He'll Leave this Summer! 5%
He'll Go Out on Loan! 31%