West Ham United beat Arsenal in November and December. Can they do it again in February when Mikel Arteta’s men arrive in Stratford on Sunday afternoon?
Coincidentally, the last time that David Moyes’ men won a Premier League game was the encounter at The Emirates Stadium on 28 December. As a consequence, they are still looking to secure victory in 2024. Their fans would love to see them do the league double over the Gunners here.
After last weekend’s defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford, the East Londoners slipped to seventh, just as they did before the meeting between these two sides in North London. However, if they do manage victory here, then they will jump back ahead of the Red Devils before Erik ten Hag’s men take to the pitch in the days’ later kick-off against Aston Villa.
The hosts will be wary that the visitors will be firing on all cylinders though, as they look to build on their impressive 3-1 home victory over Liverpool. Facing Arsenal at this point in time is not what the Irons need, as they aim to bounce back from another defeat on their travels.
Both teams played last Sunday so neither has an advantage in terms of preparation ahead of this game.
Kalvin Phillips will be hoping to return to the starting line-up after being benched in Manchester a week ago, while Alphonse Areola is in line to start in goal, following his precautionary substitution in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat.
The match is a 2pm kick-off and for the fifth consecutive fixture, the Hammers have been selected for live television coverage. It will be screened by Sky Sports from 1pm. The referee is Craig Pawson.