Arsenal are one of the few sides that are battling for what seems to be the final two Champions League places going into the last leg of the Premier League season but West Ham will prove a challenge for Arsene Wenger’s side as they themselves are still within a distant, late shout of grabbing a place in next seasons Europa League and both will battle out for the three points in the 3’o clock kick off on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts will be fully concentrated on gaining their fifth consecutive victory in the league to keep up their charge for those coveted Champions League spots and currently sit just four points second-placed Manchester City going into the weekend. They will be high in confidence after they moved a step closer to retaining their trophy when they secured their place in the FA Cup semi-finals at the beginning of the week with a convincing 2-1 win over Manchester United.
West Ham have dropped off massively after their excellent start to the campaign and haven’t won a Premier League match since the end of January against Hull. With defeats to; Liverpool, West Brom in the FA Cup, Crystal Palace and Chelsea and draws with; Manchester United and Southampton has all but ended Allardyce’s side of European football, their recent record against their opponents doesn’t look to be changing that having lost in their last eight premier league games against the gunners.
Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be out for up to a month after a hamstring injury forced him off at Old Trafford on Monday, he joins a extended injury list which includes; Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere and Gabriel. Tomas Rosicky could return after he missed the trip to Manchester through illness and could be joined by Mathieu Flamini who is back in contention after a hamstring problem.
James Tomkins is out for the trip to Emirates after he dislocated his shoulder in training, he joins Carlton Cole (hamstring), Andy Carroll (knee) and Winston Reid (hamstring). They will be joined by striker Enner Valencia who is side-lined in bizarre circumstances after he suffered a severe cut to his toe after stepping on a broken teacup. Carl Jenkinson is ineligible to play against his parent club but Morgan Amalfitano is back in contention after serving his suspension.