West Ham United (4-1-4-1-2): Adrian, Jenkinson, Collins, Reid, Cresswell, Song, Kouyate, Noble, Downing, Sakho, Caroll
West Ham United will play their second London derby in succession when the face Arsenal on Sunday, after losing 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea on Boxing Day. The Hammers have been difficult to beat at home and will hope to get a result against a Gunners side tired from their 2-1 win over QPR. Alexander Song is set to start against his former club, with attacking midfielder Kevin Nolan likely to make way. Diafra Sakho is also expected to return after missing the Blues game with a back problem. He will likely partner Andy Carroll up front, though Enner Valencia is also an option.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Debuchy, Monreal, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Cazorla, Podolksi, Welbeck
Arsenal were on course of a straight-forward victory against Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day, but Olivier Giroud got sent-off putting the Gunners fighting for the game with 10-men. Arsene Wenger’s men did finish the game 2-1 winners, but the energy used could effect their trip to Upton Park on Sunday. The Hammers have been on incredible form this season especially at home, and Wenger’s defence will find it difficult to contain the physicality and pace of the Iron’s front-line. Giroud will miss the game with a suspension, which should see Lukas Podolski start on the left with Danny Welbeck deployed as the lone striker.
We need to beat West Ham now it’s going to be to be a tough game hope Monreal is up to it they gone hit #Arsenal right in the middle
— Fullback (@rezasaba61) December 27, 2014
Arsenal well u tried but do better at West ham — Mozzeh (@MOSESEGHIEYE) December 27, 2014
@889BrilaFM. I can’t wait to see West ham crushing Arsenal come tomorrow. Down! Down!! Arsenal.
— Olanusi Titilope (@Titonia81) December 27, 2014
West Ham have opened the scoring in each of the last four Premier League games against Arsenal but the Gunners have taken all three points. — AFCPressWatch™ (@AFCPressWatch) December 27, 2014
The now retired Thierry Henry scored a spectacular goal to help Arsenal come from 2-0 down against the Gunners to draw 2-2. Legend.