David Moyes makes two West Ham changes as one returns and one is dropped for Arsenal in our predicted line-up.
West Ham travel to Arsenal knowing defeat would would see the Gunners leapfrog them into the Premier League top four.
The Hammers had opened up a gap on the likes of Arsenal during a superb eight-game unbeaten run before the November international break.
But just one win in their last five matches has seen Moyes’s side surrender some of that cushion.
West Ham will remain in the top four with a win or draw at the Emirates.
With over half a season to go after this game it is too early to say it will have a big say in who finishes where.
There will undoubtedly be lots of twists and turns to come.
But it has not been often West Ham have gone into games against Arsenal over the years as the side being tipped to make the Champions League spots.
West Ham have only won once in their last five Premier League games while Arsenal easily beat Southampton 3-0 last time out.
There will be no Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the Gunners against West Ham. The striker has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and dropped due to a ‘disciplinary breach’.
Predicted line-up: David Moyes makes two West Ham changes as one returns and one is dropped for Arsenal
Moyes looks set to make two changes from the side which toiled in a 0-0 draw at Burnley last time out.
Although there is still a chance he may not quite make it, left-back Aaron Cresswell should come back in after a spell out with an injured back.
The dilemma for Moyes is what to do about Arthur Masuaku.
He was one of West Ham’s better players at Burnley. So Moyes could actually bring Cresswell back in at left-back and keep Masuaku in from the start with the DR Congo star replacing the dropped Said Benrahma in a more advanced role.
Another option for Moyes to ponder is bringing Pablo Fornals back into the starting XI in place of Benrahma.
But that looks unlikely.
Not allowing for any last minute injuries or potential Covid related absences, here’s how we expect West Ham to line-up for the match against Arsenal.
Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Arsenal:
Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Lanzini, Fornals or Masuaku, Bowen, Antonio.