Arsenal who booked a place in the FA Cup final by beating Wigan Athletic through penalties will look to get back into the top four with a victory over West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal were placed on top the English Premier League for a few weeks in March, but since then their Champions League place now seems like it’s in jeopardy after Everton overtook them to stay two points ahead. (Read: EPL Results and Table Week 34)
A penalty shoot-out success over holders Wigan hardly says much as Arsenal actually came from one goal down to equalize. It looked like Wigan were going to reach the final for a second-time running but Lukasz Fabianski saved the Gunners’ the blushes. The goalkeeper who deputized for regular Wojciech Szczesny saved two penalties.
For the EPL meet with West Ham who have already won twice in north London this season after beating Tottenham at White Hart Lane in both the league and the Capital One Cup, while a 0-0 draw was also secured away to Chelsea. West Ham will try to take advantage of any tiredness in the Arsenal squad after his side had the weekend off while their opponents battled for 120 minutes at Wembley.
Arsenal have won 50 out of the 118 meetings between the two sides. But West Ham head to north London on the back of six wins in 10 games which have numerically not yet secured their English Premier League safety, but they lie in 11th place in the table.
1- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League games against West Ham (W9 D2 L0), including winning the last six in a row.
2- Lukas Podolski has scored in his last two league appearances against West Ham, Santi Cazorla has scored two in three games and Olivier Giroud three in three against the Hammers.
3- The Gunners have won more points in London derbies than any other side this season in the Premier League (22).
4- Arsenal have not lost a Premier League home game since the opening day of the 2013-14 season; winning 10 and drawing five of their 15 games at the Emirates Stadium since.
5- Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 12 Premier League home games, but they have conceded in each of their last three games there.
6- The Gunners are yet to lose a game in which they have taken the lead this season, winning seven and drawing two.
WEST HAM FACTS
1- West Ham won their last Barclays Premier League away game – 2-1 at Sunderland. They haven’t won two successive PL away matches since December 2007.
2- West Ham are the only team that Arsenal have beaten after falling behind in the Premier League this season (W1 D4 L7).
3- The only teams to have won more Premier League points against West Ham than Arsenal (73) are Liverpool (74) and Manchester United (80).
4- West Ham’s last three English Premier League games have ended with a 2-1 scoreline (two wins, one defeat).
5- Sam Allardyce’s side have kept just six clean sheets in the English Premier League, their last coming six games ago against West Brom.
6- The Hammers have picked up just eight points on the road out of a possible 30 and have a division-low of five goals away from home from 10 games.