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Arsenal 1 v 0 West Ham Saturday, 30 October 3.00pm

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    Arsenal    v    West Ham
    Barclays Premier League
    Venue: Emirates Stadium
    Date: Saturday, 30 October
    Kick-off: 4.00pm 

    TEAM NEWS
    Arsenal's Jack Wilshere serves the final game of a three-match suspension. Defender Kieran Gibbs is sidelined with knee ligament damage suffered in the League Cup win at Newcastle. West Ham captain Matthew Upson looks likely to miss the game against his former club Arsenal with a hamstring injury. Striker Frederic Piquionne is doubtful with a leg problem, so Frank Nouble could be on the bench after being recalled from a loan spell at Swansea. Arsenal Suspended: Wilshere (one match) Injured: Almunia (elbow), Diaby & van Persie (both ankle), Frimpong & Gibbs (both knee), Ramsey (broken leg), Vermaelen (Achilles) West Ham Doubtful: Piquionne (leg), Upson (hamstring) Injured: Collison, Hines & Kurucz (all knee), Hitzlsperger (thigh)

    MATCH PREVIEW
    Both Arsenal and West Ham enjoyed Carling Cup wins in midweek, but that's where the similarities end. While the Gunners have dazzled at home and abroad this season, their London rivals have struggled to recover from their worst start in the club's 115-year history. Avram Grant's future is unlikely to be determined by the outcome at the Emirates, but the Israeli cannot afford too many more performances like last weekend's limp defeat at Newcastle. That result brought a promising run of five games unbeaten to a crashing halt and left the Hammers, who were booed off the pitch by their own supporters, marooned at the foot of the Premier League. Grant will be hoping Wednesday's comeback victory over Stoke is enough to lift the gloom, but the wrong result at Arsenal could be disastrous for morale. Arsene Wenger's side have averaged three goals per match this season, plundering 12 in their last three outings, a terrifying prospect for the Hammers backline. The Gunners confirmed their title- winning credentials with a resounding victory at Manchester City, with their 4-0 League Cup win over Newcastle on Wednesday fuelling the growing sense of belief that Wenger's men may be ready to end their five-year wait for silverware.

    MATCH FACTS
    Head-to-head
    • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches against West Ham.
    • The Hammers have failed to score in five of their last six league meetings with Arsenal. Arsenal
    • Arsenal have won more penalties (four) and seen more opponents sent off (four) than any other side in the league.
    • Manchester City are the only Premier League away team to keep a clean sheet at the Emirates Stadium in 2010. • Samir Nasri has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances for the club in all competitions, and has netted four goals in their last four league outings. West Ham
    • West Ham were the first away team to win at the Emirates.
    • They have scored only seven Premier League goals in total this season, the lowest tally in the division along with Wigan.
    • The Hammers have managed just one clean sheet in their nine league matches, a 1-0 victory at home to Tottenham in September.
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    Re: Arsenal v West Ham Saturday, 30 October 4.00pm

    This should be a rout. :p

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