West Ham vs Arsenal: Gunners look to match Arsene Wenger record against Hammers in race with Tottenham for top four

Arsenal travel to West Ham on Sunday as the race for the Champions League continues.

The Gunners are in pole position to secure fourth place, while the Hammers have the second leg of their Europa League semi-final to worry about.

Arsenal are two points clear of Spurs, so their destiny is in their own hands.

They can also match one of Arsene Wenger’s records if they score more than three goals and win.

Following a 4-2 victory over Chelsea and a 3-2 win against Manchester United it will be the first time they have won three consecutive games while scoring three or more goals so since the Frenchman was in charge.

Meanwhile, the Irons might have one eye on Thursday night, so David Moyes could ring the changes.

The Hammers are seventh, eight points behind Arsenal, so their Champions League dreams, through the league, look to have been dashed.

But West Ham have still had a strong season and will want to end on a high, but they do have more important things to worry about.

West Ham v Arsenal: Date and start time

This Premier League clash will take place on Sunday, May 1.

The match at the London Stadium will kick off at 2pm.

The Gunners sealed a comfortable 2-0 win at the Emirates back in December.

West Ham have lost more Premier League games against Arsenal (33) than they have versus any other side in the competition.



This match will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage starting at 1pm.

Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.

If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.

Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the afternoon while talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog for all the action.

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West Ham v Arsenal: Team news

The Gunners have a slight concern over Bukayo Saka, though Arteta is hopeful he will be involved.

But Takehiro Tomiyasu might finally return from injury against the Irons.

Arsenal will also definitely be without Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney as both have been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

Meanwhile, the home side have problems in defence, with Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna set to miss the match.

Craig Dawson is suspended after being sent off against Chelsea last weekend, meaning we could see some of the club’s Under-23s get a game.

Also, the likes of Michail Antonio, Declan Rice, Kurt Zouma and Jarrod Bowen could all be rested ahead of the Eintracht Frankfurt fixture.

West Ham v Arsenal: Match Stats

  • Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has scored a penalty in his last two games, the youngest player ever to score a penalty in consecutive Premier League appearances. The only Arsenal player to score a penalty in three consecutive Premier League appearances is Ian Wright in March 1994.
  • Craig Dawson’s red card against Chelsea last time out was West Ham’s 28th Premier League red card in London derbies, more than any other side. Indeed, four of the Hammers’ last six red cards have been against London sides.
  • Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has been involved in six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances against West Ham (5 goals, 1 assist). Only against Southampton (7) has he been involved in more league goals for the Gunners.
  • After a run of three straight defeats in the Premier League, Arsenal have won their last two, 4-2 at Chelsea and 3-1 at home to Manchester United. The Gunners haven’t won three consecutive league games while scoring at least three goals each time since April 2018 under Arsène Wenger.
  • West Ham have lost four of their last seven Premier League games (W2 D1), as many as they had in their previous 14. However, the Hammers haven’t lost consecutive matches in this run of seven, going down 1-0 at Chelsea last time out.
  • Arsenal have won more Premier League games in May than any other side (50), while the Gunners also have the best win rate in May in the competition (59% – 50/85).
  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last six Premier League home games (W4 D2), with the Hammers last having a longer such run between September 2015 and April 2016 (15 games at Upton Park). They’ve also scored in their last 18 home league games, since a 1-0 loss against Everton in May 2021.
  • Since completing the league double over Arsenal in the 2006-07 campaign, West Ham have won just two of their last 27 Premier League games against the Gunners (D5 L20).
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League away games against West Ham (W8 D4), going down 1-0 in January 2019. Overall, at no side have Arsenal won more Premier League away games than their 13 victories at the Hammers.

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Jack Cunningham

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