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.