West Ham play host to Arsenal in the Premier League tomorrow night.

Both sides are in terrible form, so a win is as absolute must heading into the Christmas period.

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The Gunners have been shocking defensively this season, letting in 23 goals in 15 Premier League games.

The partnership of Sokratis and David Luiz really has been shambolic at times.

 

Rob Holding is arguably Arsenal’s best defender. The 24-year-old has only played six times for the Gunners this season as he continues his recovery from a long-term injury he sustained last term.

The centre-back hasn’t played for Arsenal since their 2-0 defeat to Leicester last month.

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Rob Holding (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

And Football.London claims that Holding is still battling a knee injury, and is a major doubt for tomorrow’s clash with West Ham.

The Hammers will undoubtedly go for the jugular against Freddie Ljungberg’s side, and having an old school type defender like Holding would have been exactly what the Gunners needed.

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Rob Holding (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

West Ham will be direct, especially if Michail Antonio plays, and if Sokratis and Luiz are at the heart of Arsenal’s defence, the north London outfit could be in for a torrid night at the London Stadium.

This the worst run that Arsenal have been on in decades. And they will really struggle to keep West Ham at bay, especially without the battle-hardened Holding.

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