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A jubilant Arsenal team runs towards their goalkeeper after defeating Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final after penalty shootout. Reuters

Arsenal take on West Ham United in their midweek Premier League fixture at the Emirates on Tuesday evening.

Where to Watch Live

The kick-off is set for 7:45pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Arsenal snapped their four-game winless run in all competitions by registering a hard fought victory against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final after a penalty shootout at Wembley last Saturday.

Uwe Rosler's side took the lead in the second-half via Jordi Gomez's penalty but Per Mertesacker equalised for the Gunners in the 82<sup>nd minute to take the game into extra time. Arsene Wenger's side maintained their cool and triumphed 4-2 in penalty shootout.

The north London club were humbled 3-0 by Everton at the Goodison Park in their previous league fixture on 6 April. After playing 33 matches, Arsenal were down to fifth place with 64 points, two points behind Roberto Martinez's side.

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker is ecstatic after scoring the equaliser against Wigan. Reuters

The Toffees jumped to fourth after registering a 1-0 victory against Sunderland last weekend. Arsenal need to win all their remaining fixtures and hope Everton drop points for them to stand a chance of being in the Champions League next season.

Meanwhile, West Ham's attempt to secure any point in their previous league fixture against Liverpool at Upton Park ended in failure. Guy Demel's equaliser on the cusp of half time was sandwiched between two penalties from the Reds' skipper Steven Gerrard on either side of the break to ensure his team went back to Merseyside with all three points.

The Hammers are 11<sup>th in the league table with 37 points after playing 33 matches. Sam Allardyce's side need five more points from their remaining five matches to be assured of their safety in top flight.

The east London club have been criticised for their style of football in the past and were even booed by their supporters last month. It is unlikely that Allardyce will refrain from using their long-ball strategy but he will certainly look to dent Arsenal's hopes for fourth place and ensure his side leave the Emirates with at least one point.

What Managers Say

Arsene Wenger: "West Ham are in a comfortable position, that means they can play without fear, so we know that in these kind of games it's very important that we have a good focus and a good tempo in our game. I want this club to play in the top level competition. For that you want to be in the Champions League. We want to finish strong, we have a battle with Everton and of course it's now down to consistency in our final games."

Sam Allardyce: "If we can seek an advantage by those (injury) problems that they (Arsenal) have then it gives us a better chance of getting a result. The success of the teams below us over the weekend and the results that were surprisingly pulled off mean that we still look down because we're not mathematically safe. For us, the motivation is to get some points for ourselves, not to stop Arsenal getting in the Champions League."

Team Form

Sam Allardyce
Can Sam Allardyce guide West Ham to nick at least a point from the Emirates? Reuters


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L D D L
  • Last Result: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Arsenal (2-4 on penalties)

West Ham United

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W L L
  • Last Result: West Ham United 1-2 Liverpool

Team News


  • Injured: Theo Walcott (knee), Jack Wilshere (foot), Abou Diaby (knee), Mesut Ozil (hamstring)
  • Doubtful: Laurent Koscielny (calf), Nacho Monreal (dead leg), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla, Rosicky, Podolski; Giroud

West Ham United

  • Injured: Marco Borriello (calf)
  • Doubtful: George McCartney (hamstring), Kevin Nolan (hamstring), James Collins (calf)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Adrian; Demel, Tomkins, Reid, Armero; Downing, Diame, Noble, Taylor, Jarvis; Carroll