Will Arsenal regret not bringing back former Gooner?

Probable Lineups…

West Ham ArsenalWest 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.

What the fans are saying…

Remember this?

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.

 


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