Arsenal v West Ham LIVE commentary: Exclusive GameDay coverage of London derby
Sept. 19, 2020
In-form Arsenal host struggling West Ham as talkSPORT’s GameDay special finishes off with a key London derby this weekend.
The Gunners followed up their Community Shield triumph with an impressive win at Fulham in the first match of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
Much is expected of Mikel Arteta’s men this season and they’ll be confident of another three points on Saturday night.
West Ham are under much pressure at the moment and suffered a woeful home defeat to Newcastle last weekend.
The Gunners beat the Hammers 1-0 at the Emirates last season thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s late winner.
talkSPORT will be in north London this weekend to bring you exclusively coverage and see who will come out on top.
Arsenal v West Ham: How to listen
This match will get under way at 8pm on Saturday, September 19.
Full coverage from the Goodison Park will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 5pm.
Faye Carruthers will be your host before commentary from Alex Crook and Alvin Martin.
To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.
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Arsenal v West Ham: Team news
Arsenal defender David Luiz is fit for the visit of London rivals West Ham.
The Brazilian missed the opening day win over Fulham due to a neck spasm but is now in contention to face the Hammers.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi, Emile Smith Rowe, Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli are all still missing while William Saliba waits to make his debut.
West Ham, meanwhile, will check on the fitness of captain Mark Noble after he missed training on Friday with a toe injury.
The midfielder has had an injection and boss David Moyes will hope to have him available at the Emirates.
Jack Wilshere is also back in training after an ankle injury but is not expected to start against his old club.
Arsenal v West Ham: What has been said?
Robert Snodgrass feels West Ham need to start believing they are a top-10 team if they are to negotiate a tough run of fixtures.
The Hammers lost their opening Premier League match at home to Newcastle and their next six are against Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Snodgrass said: “The manager has challenged the players because of how well we finished last season, and why not?
“You need to demand high standards of yourself and your team-mates.
“The manager has been here for eight or nine months and he is trying to get his ideas across and getting the lads thinking like a top-half-of-the-table team and we’ve definitely got the ability, but it’s just about the belief.
“It’s about starting the season well. We’ve got some tough games coming up, but the lads finished last season well and got some great results against some great sides, so why not?
“I think the lads have got to take confidence from [beating Charlton in the EFL Cup] because it was a good performance and one we needed after the Newcastle result.”
Arsenal v West Ham: Match stats and facts
Arsenal have won 10 of their last 11 home games against West Ham United in all competitions, with the only exception being on the opening day of the 2015-16 Premier League season (0-2). West Ham United have lost more Premier League matches against Arsenal (31) than versus any other opponent, while only against Everton (34) have the Gunners enjoyed more wins in the competition than they have over the Hammers (31). West Ham have lost each of their last three Premier League London derbies away from home, while they are yet to win such a match with David Moyes in charge (W0 D2 L3). In top-flight history, West Ham have lost 199 of their 484 London derbies, and could become the second side to lose 200 such matches (Tottenham, 213). Arsenal have lost their first home game in five of the last nine Premier League campaigns (W3 D1), which includes a defeat against West Ham in 2015-16. The Gunners had won eight of their previous nine such games before this run (D1). After a run of seven straight away losses between December and June last season, West Ham remained unbeaten in their final three away games of 2019-20 (W1 D2), with Michail Antonio netting six of their seven goals in this run. West Ham haven’t won their first away league game of the season in any of their last four campaigns (D1 L3) – their last such win was at Arsenal on the opening day of the 2015-16 season, however. West Ham boss David Moyes has never won away to Arsenal as a manager in any competition, drawing four and losing 15 of his 19 visits. Only at Chelsea (20) has he taken charge of more away games against an opponent without ever winning in his managerial career. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored eight goals in his last six appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, netting in each of his last four games for the Gunners. The Gabonese striker has also been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 16 Premier League London derbies (12 goals, 3 assists). Willian created more chances than any other Arsenal player in their 3-0 win against Fulham on MD1, becoming the first player to assist two goals on his Premier League debut for the side since Ray Parlour against Liverpool in August 1992.
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