West Ham United and Arsenal are set to open the Matchday No 22 in the London derby on Saturday afternoon.Both teams were successful last weekend in the FA Cup against lower-division rivals and will come into this high on confidence.The Hammers saw off Birmingham City 2-0 at London Stadium thanks to goals from Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll.Manuel Pellegrini, however, faced another problem seven days ago as he had to replace Marko Arnautovic who renewed his injury. The Austrian striker bagged three goals in last two games and the new injury will be a massive blow for team’s ambitions in this city derby.
The Gunners did not have any troubles at Bloomfield Road where they stormed past League One rivals Blackpool 0-3 last weekend.Unai Emery rested his main stars as youngster Joseph Willock took advantage of the chance to make the starting line-up with a first-half brace.
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West Ham vs Arsenal: Head-to-head
Arsenal were the dominant force in the history of head to head games with the Hammers.The Gunners won five and drew one of past six meetings with West Ham United.
Four of these wins, however, came on the home patch, including the 3-1 victory in late-August last year.Five of last seven head to head outings saw three or more goals scored.