West Ham v Arsenal team news & stats

Date published: Friday 8th April 2016 10:29

Cheikhou Kouyate: West Ham midfielder

Fully-fit West Ham are looking for their first league double over Arsenal since 2006-07 as they host the Gunners on Saturday lunchtime.

Team news

West Ham have the luxury of a fully-fit squad for the visit of Arsenal. Midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is available after his red card against Crystal Palace last weekend was overturned and defenders James Collins and Sam Byram are back in training.

Arsenal, meanwhile, could include Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini in their squad after the midfield pair recovered from thigh and hamstring injuries respectively. Petr Cech is poised to make his first start after an ankle problem.

Jack Wilshere (leg) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) were slated to play in Friday night’s Under-21s game, while Santi Cazorla (Achilles) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) continue with their rehab.

Opta stats

  • Arsenal’s defeat to the Hammers (2-0) on opening weekend of the 2015-16 season ended a run of nine consecutive Premier League wins against them.
  • Arsene Wenger has won nine and lost just two of his 16 Premier League visits to the Boleyn Ground (W9 D5 L2). The only away grounds he’s won more often at in the league are Goodison Park and Villa Park (both 10 wins).
  • However, West Ham are unbeaten in their last 13 home games (W7 D6), the longest such current run in the top-flight.
  • Slaven Bilic’s side have the best record in Premier League London derbies this season, picking up 14 points from seven games (Arsenal have only managed five points from six games so far).
  • Cheikhou Kouyate has scored in two of his three Premier League games for West Ham against Arsenal.
  • Olivier Giroud has found the net five times in six Premier League games against West Ham, but just one of these has been netted at the Boleyn Ground.
  • Alex Iwobi has scored in both of his first two league starts for Arsenal, something only Ian Wright and Davor Suker (scored in first three) also managed in the Premier League.
  • Dimitri Payet has netted four direct free-kick goals for West Ham this season in all competitions, a haul only Chelsea’s Willian can better (six).
  • The Gunners have made a league-high 22 errors leading to opposition shots this season.


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