How West Ham must line up when they face Arsenal on Sunday
West Ham United will look to move a step closer to retaining their Premier League spot for another season when they face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The Irons lie seven points above the relegation zone ahead of their clash with the Gunners, and while they will know that they aren’t mathematically safe just yet, they aren’t too far away either as Stoke City and Southampton continue to fail to pick up the wins they require to get out of trouble.
The east London outfit missed what looked to be a brilliant opportunity to move on to 37 points when they hosted the Potters – who have the worst away record in the Premier League – at the London Stadium on Monday night, but they needed a last-minute equaliser from Andy Carroll to take a point on what was a largely disappointing evening.
David Moyes’ men’s task of picking up three points at their London rivals may have been made more difficult following Arsene Wenger’s announcement on Friday that he will be stepping down after 22 years in charge, which could produce a positive reaction from the Gunners players in the top flight and ahead of their Europa League semi-final tie against Atletico Madrid – their final chance to qualify for the Champions League.
Moyes stuck with the same XI that drew 1-1 with Chelsea for the visit of Stoke last time out – leaving Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Javier Hernandez on the substitutes’ bench – but the Scot may be considering making some changes at the Emirates following a below-par display.
Here is how West Ham must line up against Arsenal…