West Ham have suffered a massive blow ahead of their Premier League clash against Arsenal, with Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell ruled out of the clash with groin injuries, the club have confirmed.
The pair were substituted in their EFL Cup quarter-final clash against Manchester United and have been ruled out for up to two weeks in what is a busy schedule coming up for the Hammers before the Christmas period.
The Hammers took four points from corresponding fixtures last season, including a 2-0 win at the Emirates on the opening day, but are severely lacking in options on the wings with recent injuries to their key players.
However, Bilic may be able to welcome Andy Carroll back to the side. He scored a hat-trick in the same fixture last season, pegging back the Gunners, who had initially gone two goals up in the first half.
The Hammers are currently 16th in the league, with only one point from the drop and have another major worry up front in the form of Diafra Sakho, who has been ruled out for the next six weeks through injury.
Dimitri Payet, who has been linked with a move to United, has not been at his best this campaign and has to step up his game if the Hammers have to have any chance of inflicting defeat on the north London club.
Bilic, who saw his side suffer a 4-1 loss to United in the EFL Cup, revealed that it is getting increasingly difficult for the Hammers to cope with the injuries, given he has two more players out of contention against the Gunners.
"Cresswell's injury doesn't look that bad. His groin felt very tight and hopefully it's just fatigue from Sunday. With Antonio, hopefully it's the same but we don't know yet.
"We have a tough game on Saturday and we have a couple of players who came off injured, but we wanted to preserve players for then and Dimitri Payet also. It is unbelievable that when we get a couple of injuries like the ones we got today [after them all this season] and it's very tough for us now," Bilic said after the game.