Arsenal vs West Ham United, Premier League 2016/17: Where to watch, preview, betting odds and possible XI

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Arsenal host West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday (5 April) with Arsene Wenger's side having won just one in their last six encounters.

Where to Watch

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Kick-off is set for 7.45pm BST. There is no love TV coverage of the game in the UK. Catch the highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One at 10.45pm BST.

Overview

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Arsenal come into the game against West Ham United desperate for a win having won just one in their last six encounters. The Gunners will have to get back to winning ways if they are to have a chance of finishing in the Premier League's top four and qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Arsene Wenger's side are seven points behind fourth placed Manchester City, but have played one game fewer than Pep Guardiola's side. They will have to win all their remaining games and hope their rivals lose to have a chance of making it to Europe's elite club competition next season.

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The French manager has come under increased pressure for Arsenal's poor form in recent months, with a section of the club's supporters clamouring for his exit. Wenger is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to reveal if he will extend his stay. Question marks are also hanging over the futures of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who will all have just one year remaining on their contracts at the end of the current campaign.

Wenger will hope that his team can turn their fortunes around when West Ham visit, but will face a tough task as the east London club is also trying to arrest their recent slump. Arsenal could have the services of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey, who have recovered from minor injuries sustained during the international break, but will be without Laurent Koscielny, who picked up an Achilles injury in the previous game against City.

Arsene Wenger and Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic's side are in a similar situation to their London rivals having lost their last four games in the Premier League. Their last victory was in the beginning of February against Southampton after which they have drawn two and lost the rest.

The Croatian manager is also under severe pressure, but has got the backing of the club hierarchy, who have assured him that his future is not under threat. The Hammers are currently in 14th place just six points ahead of Hull City in 18th.

Bilic will be hoping his team can get back to winning ways and will be hoping to exploit Arsenal's vulnerability and pile the pressure on Wenger.

What Managers Say

Arsene Wenger [on if the board has set him specific targets]: No, I tell myself to finish as high as possible. It is just about sticking together and continuing to fight. If we show the same spirit we showed against City [in Sunday's 2-2 draw], we will win football games. We have played 20 games unbeaten this season, and I think it's a good opportunity to remind people we are not fighting to not go down, we are fighting to have a positive end to the season," via the London Evening Standard.

Slaven Bilic [on Hull defeat]: "We started well. The whole first half went really well. They didn't have a shot on target, we were winning, good on the ball, defending good.

In the second half I thought we started okay but when they score the goal, they had five minutes where they were better. After that, they hit the post but then it was more likely that we might score a goal apart from a counter attack. When we didn't score, you think it's okay, it's 1-1, it's good to grab a point after three defeats so to concede a goal from a set piece is very hard to take," West Ham official site.

Betting Odds (betfair)

  • Arsenal Win: 2/5
  • Draw: 4
  • West Ham Win: 8

Team News

Arsenal

Possible XI: Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabriel, Monreal; Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck.

West Ham

Possible XI: Randolph; Byram, Fonte, Collins, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Ayew, Lanzini, Snodgrass; Carroll.

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