Arsenal Match Preview
David Moyes won his 650th Premier League game as a manager last weekend as West Ham United produced an away triumph at newly-promoted Fulham. The question now is can he do similar in his 651st, as current leaders Arsenal arrive in Stratford this afternoon?
The win at Craven Cottage last weekend lifted the Hammers up to thirteenth place but other results meant that they have slipped to fifteenth and they will be attempting to move further up the standings by inflicting only a fourth top-flight defeat of the season on the Gunners.
If they can achieve this feat, it will be a great start to another big week with the second-leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League quarter-final against KAA Gent to come in just four days time.
Having said that, Arsenal boast one of the best away records this season, only losing two, though the home fans will want to see their team atone for their last performance here against Newcastle United eleven days ago.
Mikel Arteta’s side have had a full week to focus on this game but play twice in the space of five days with a home game against Southampton to look forward to on Friday night.
Emmerson Palmieri may retain his place from the trip to Belgium, while Thilo Kehrer and Saïd Benrahma could be restored to the starting line-up after both were benched for the encounter with Marco Silva’s side.
Nayef Aguerd, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell will all look to be involved, while Pablo Fornals is hoping to return after sitting out three days ago.
Kurt Zouma, Tomáš Souček, Flynn Downes and Michail Antonio could all start. Danny Ings is hoping to play for a third time inside eight days after scoring his first European goal in the week. Maxwel Cornet is also in contention. Lucas Paquetá came off the bench on Thursday after missing the Fulham game with a foot problem and is expected to be available for selection again today.
The match is a 2pm kick-off with live coverage being screened by Sky Sports from 1pm. Super Sunday Matchday will also be coming live from Stratford and that can be seen on Sky Sports News from 10am. David Coote is the referee for this encounter.