Arsenal v West Ham preview
West Ham captain Matthew Upson looks certain to miss out with a
hamstring injury he received against Newcastle last week. Upson has
had intensive treatment this week but manager Avram Grant admitted
he was reluctant to risk the defender in the Premier League match.
Striker Frederic Piquionne is also doubtful with a leg injury but
Grant reported no other major worries although he admitted his
squad were “tired” after their Carling Cup victory against Stoke.
Arsenal will be without left-back Kieran Gibbs after the England
defender suffered knee ligament damage in the Carling Cup win at
Newcastle. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow), defender Thomas
Vermaelen (Achilles) and midfielder Abou Diaby (ankle) are still
not yet match fit, while Jack Wilshere serves the last of his
three-match ban. Long-term absentees Aaron Ramsey and Robin van
Persie are scheduled to return to full training at the end of next
week. Gunners (from): Fabianski, Clichy, Squillaci, Koscielny,
Sagna, Arshavin, Fabregas, Song, Walcott, Nasri, Chamakh, Szczesny,
Eboue, Djourou, Rosicky, Bendtner, Denilson, Eastmond. Hammers
(from): Green, Jacobsen, da Costa, Ilunga, Gabbidon, Behrami,
Barrera, Parker, Noble, Obinna, Cole, Piquionne, McCarthy, Stech,
Ben-Haim, Boa Morte, Faubert.