Arsenal host London rivals West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night as both teams aim for the top four in the Premier League.


After back-to-back defeats against Manchester United and Everton, Arsenal responded to critics in the best way possible with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Southampton in their last Premier League outing. The Gunners made the perfect start as Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring in the 17th minute following a swift counterattack. Martin Odegard soon doubled the Gunners lead before the break. Defender Gabriel added his side’s third during a comfortable success to ease the pressure on Arteta’s shoulders as Arsenal returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion, with that result seeing them move back above Tottenham Hotspur into the sixth position in the Premier League table. Only two points now separate the Gunners from the fourth-placed West Ham ahead of this battle. Arsenal has won their last four Premier League home games, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three with their last defeat at the Emirates coming in a 2-0 loss to Chelsea in August. Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the last game due to a disciplinary breach and could sit out this game. Emile Smith Rowe could start at the expense of Gabriel Martinelli. Injured duo Bernd Leno and Sead Kolasinac are unavailable for selection.


West Ham had suffered an inconsequential Europa League loss to Dinamo Zagreb before their Premier League encounter with relegation-threatened Burnley. Despite dominating 62% of possession and 16 attempts on goal, The Hammer failed to find a way past a defense-minded Burnley side. Having failed to cement their fourth position for at least another week, David Moyes’s men now travel to the red side of London to face Arsenal. West Ham has failed to win a Premier League game at the Emirates since a 2-0 victory on the opening day of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign. West Ham has won just once in their last five games in all competitions, while they come into this game having picked up just five points from the last 15 available in the Premier League. A depleted defense does not help matters for Head Coach David Moyes as Ben Johnson, Kurt Zouma, Ryan Fredericks, and Angelo Ogbonna all remain sidelined. Left-back Aaron Cresswell may start having recovered from a back problem.