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After a 44-day wait, we’re finally back in the Premier League on Boxing Day when West Ham United cruise through the capital for an 8pm kick-off at the Emirates Stadium.

We know we will be heading to the top of the table having moved five points clear after beating Wolves in our last league outing on November 12, while the Hammers are just one point ahead of the bottom three in 16th, having won only once in their last six games.

They haven’t enjoyed their trips to the Emirates Stadium of late, losing 11 of their last 12 visits, while David Moyes has never tasted success as an opposition manager on the road to us when of the previous 21 attempts.

Domestic wrestling season

It was a frustrating first half of the season for the Hammers, who picked up 10 of their 14 points in a purple patch in October that saw Moyes’ side beat Wolves, Fulham and Bournemouth.

Other than that, there hasn’t been too much reason to cheer for the east Londoners, who have lost their first three games and entered the World Cup break in similar form, suffering setbacks. defeats against Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

After suffering a Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Blackburn Rovers, at least the Europa Conference League brought joy, with eight wins from eight games and seeing the Hammers top their group ahead of Anderlecht, Silkeborg and FCSB .

World Cup break

The Hammers had five players at the tournament, with Declan Rice starting all five of England’s games in Qatar, while Alphonse Areola was a member of the France squad but did not feature in the tournament.

Thilo Kehrer suffered a disappointing exit with Germany, while Lucas Paqueta reached the quarter-finals with Brazil. Nayef Aguerd meanwhile enjoyed a historic run to the semi-finals with Morocco but missed the final stages after being sent off in the quarter-final win over Spain.

Back in England, Cambridge United were beaten 4-2 before a trip to Italy where Udinese were eliminated 3-1. Last weekend another London Derby came to Fulham, where they played out a 1-1 draw with Jarrod Bowen equalizing in the second half.

conversation tactics

Michael Cox, writing in the official program for the day: Moyes has generally used a 4-4-1-1 formation this season. Kurt Zouma has been the most reliable performer at full-back, with newcomer Kehrer lined up either at center or right-back. Aaron Cresswell remains a reliable option on the left and can slip inside to become a third centre-back if needed.

The central midfield duo is, almost without fail, Rice alongside Tomas Soucek. Rice has provided some of West Ham’s best moments this season carrying the ball forward, while Soucek is poised to run off the ball and provide an aerial threat in the box.

Ahead of them, Bowen’s form has been up and down, but his frankness from the right poses serious problems. Pablo Fornals offers both technical quality and plenty of stamina, Said Benrahma is an elusive playmaker capable of shooting from distance, and Flynn Downes impressed advancing from midfield.

The most promising thing in West Ham’s performance was the link-up play between the two newcomers, Paqueta and Gianluca Scamacca, the latter’s arrival meaning that Michail Antonio was generally used from the bench.

What the managers say

Arteta on West Ham: “They are very dangerous. I know for sure [Moyes] has been working very hard with the team since taking over. He absolutely maximized the potential of this team and took it to a different level.

“I’m sure they’ve worked very hard like all of us have during this time. It’s going to be a very tough competition.” – listen to all of Mikel’s pre-match press conference

Means: “It’s a really tough game to resume. With them being in the form they were in, they’ll be desperate to try and get the same start.

“But we have to try to show that we have improved, and we have to get our international players back and get them ready to play because we have a very important second half of the season ahead.”

Team News

We will be without Gabriel Jesus who underwent knee surgery after injuring himself in action for Brazil in Qatar, while it remains to be seen whether William Saliba will feature after reaching the final with France.

Emile Smith Rowe is still in rehab after his groin surgery, while Oleksandr Zinchenko sat out our friendlies in Dubai and against Juventus – a game in which Reiss Nelson limped off early and is expected to miss the next few weeks – listen to Mikel on the latest injury situation.

Scamacca was substituted just 12 minutes into Fulham’s friendly after rolling his ankle but is expected to recover, as was Aguerd from the World Cup injury. There are also concerns over Cresswell (hamstring) and Antonio (thigh), who missed action recently.

Zouma underwent knee surgery during the break and did not feature in any of the warm-up matches, and the same was true for summer signing Maxwel Cornet, who also missed the last seven league games with a problem. in the calf and does not expect to return for a while.

Facts and statistics

Eddie Nketiah has scored 10 goals in his last 10 starts in all competitions at the Emirates, netting those from just 15 shots on target.

We haven’t won four league games in a row without conceding since April/May 2014.

We’ve only been defeated twice in our last 28 Premier League games against West Ham, winning 21 of them. In fact, we’ve only beaten Everton (35) more times than the Hammers (34) in the division.

It is the third time the two sides have met in a Premier League game on Boxing Day, winning 1-0 at home in 1998 and 3-1 away in 2013.

We have won our last 10 home games on Boxing Day, the last of which suffered a Boxing Day home defeat in 1987 against Nottingham Forest. The Hammers, meanwhile, have won just one of their last eight Boxing Day games (D3 L4), beating Swansea City 4-1 in 2016.

We have won each of our last nine Premier League home games, including six this season. Victory against West Ham would amount to our longest winning run since the start of a top-flight campaign, matching 1934/35, 2005/06 and 2017/18.

West Ham have lost their last three Premier League games, the last losing four in a row in the same campaign in 2018/19. The Hammers have lost 11 away Premier League games in 2022, their most on the road in a single calendar year since 2013.

Moyes have lost more away games against us in all competitions than any other opponent (17).

Match officials

Fresh from the World Cup where he oversaw three matches, including Croatia’s penalty shoot-out victory over Brazil, Michael Oliver takes charge of us for the third time this season, having been in the middle of our wins against Liverpool and Chelsea – which was his last domestic outing.

This will be the 50th time he has taken charge of one of our matches, and we have won 22 of the previous 49. He refereed the corresponding game in 2020/21, which saw us win 2-1 thanks to a late strike from Nketiah. .

  • Referee: Michael Olivier
  • Assistant Referee: Stuart Burt
  • Assistant Referee: Simon Bennett
  • Fourth Official: Graham Scott
  • VAR: Darren England
  • Additional VAR: Darren Cann

Recent visits from the Hammers

We have won each of our last seven home meetings with West Ham, dating back to 2016/17. Last season we secured a 2-0 victory, with Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli bagging either side of Vladimir Coufal’s sending off and Alexandre Lacazette’s missed penalty.

The season before, Nketiah appeared with the crucial goal five minutes from time to claim victory, while Lacazette was the match winner in March 2020 when he scored the game’s only goal in the 78th minute.

Check out more classic action from our home games against the Hammers in our Playlist

Live Breakdown

Log on to Arsenal.com and the official app from 7pm Monday for all the best preparations for the Hammers encounter!

Nicole Holliday and Adrian Clarke will be at the Emirates Stadium, discussing what happened during the World Cup break, looking back on our friendlies and taking an in-depth look at the first part of the season.

Then from 8 p.m., they will hand over to Dan Roebuck and Perry Groves to commentate the game live.

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