Arsenal Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 06 Mar 2020 20:36:00
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Having achieved their first double of the season by beating Southampton last weekend, West Ham United lifted themselves out of the relegation zone and up to sixteenth in the Premier League table. They will now be searching for their first away triumph of 2020, as they head to The Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal in a London derby on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners were last in top-flight action just under two weeks ago and go into this game off the back of a 3-2 victory over Everton.

The hosts are heading into a busy period with three games in the space of a week, due to last Sunday's match against Manchester City having to be rearranged because both teams were involved in different cup competitions, meaning it will now take place this coming Wednesday.

That could be good news for Hammers' manager David Moyes, who has had two more days preparation time with his side.

Moyes faced Arsenal here twice during his last spell with the Irons, losing on both occasions. It seems that every time the East Londoners have squared up to the Gunners in the last two seasons, the side from North London have been under new management with both Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg having been in charge for the last two encounters.

Now that Moyes has returned in place of Manuel Pellegrini for a second spell in East London, it is not just Arsenal who have a new face in the hotseat.

Moyes faces a reunion with someone he signed during his eleven years at Everton, as Mikel Arteta took up the role of Head-Coach last December.

The Spaniard is currently enjoying a seven-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, stretching back to December 29 and what an achievement it would be if the Scotsman could end that long winning streak.

The Hammers will surely be out for revenge here, as Arsenal came from behind in the reverse fixture to claim a much-needed 3-1 victory.

It was reported nine days ago that attacking midfielder Tomáš Souček would be missing for three weeks due to a hip injury. However, the Czech could return to the side after making a speedy recovery.

Moyes may also include Felipe Anderson in the starting line-up if he thinks changes are necessary after the Brazilian replaced Pablo Fornals for the last few minutes of the emphatic 3-1 triumph over the Saints. Michail Antonio and Sébastien Haller could once again form a striking partnership if he sticks with the attacking formation.

Saturday's match is a 3pm kick-off and Martin Atkinson takes charge.

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