Arsenal vs. West Ham United
English Premier League
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
Upton Park, London
7AM PT/10AM ET/3PM BT
Form: ARS just learning to ride a bike, ridden about a block | WHU Riding alone, but the wheels are wobbly at the moment
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Here we are, a mere two days after the last time Arsenal played. Christmas! Festive! Exhaustion! For Our Entertainment! Arsenal didn't play particularly well on Friday, but managed to get the three points needed to keep up with everyone else who won on the day; today's game will be a more challenging test. as West Ham are currently on a pretty damn good run of form (one loss in seven games).
All I want is no injuries, and for a bit of rotation so that players can get a bit of a breather - there are still two games in the next week, after all. Three points would be great; three healthy points, even better.
Lineups (Note: Coquelin gets a start, Ospina finds his way to the bench, apparently Alexis will be run into the ground during this festive period, and on the other side, Song is named captain):
Arsenal team v West Ham: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Welbeck— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2014
#Arsenal subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Chambers, Campbell, Walcott, Podolski, Akpom #WHUvAFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2014
TEAMS: #WHUFC Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Tomkins, Kouyate, Carroll, Downing, Sakho, O'Brien, Amalfitano, Song (c) #WHUARS #COYI— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) December 28, 2014
TEAMS: #WHUFC subs - Jaaskelainen, Nolan, Noble, Collins, Demel, Cole, Valencia #WHUARS #COYI— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) December 28, 2014