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West Ham vs Arsenal

Published:Saturday | December 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WEST HAM (4-3-1-2)

ADRIAN, O'BRIEN, TOMKINS, REID, CRESSWELL, KOUYATE, SONG, NOLAN, DOWNING, SAKHO, CARROLL

ARSENAL (4-4-2)

WELBECK, SANCHEZ, OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN, CAZORLA, FLAMINI, WALCOTT, GIBBS, MERTESACKER, DEBUCHY, CHAMBERS, SZCZSENY

Fifth-place West Ham United are back at Upton Park after their short trip to Chelsea, where they lost 2-0 on Boxing Day. The Hammers' leading scorer, Diafra Sakho, started on the bench at Chelsea, but could be recalled for the game against Arsenal.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce may also consider recalling Alex Song against his former club after he, too, started on the bench at Chelsea. But Carl Jenkinson, on loan at West Ham from Arsenal, is ineligible, so Joey O'Brien is in contention to make a rare start at right-back.

At home the Hammers have won six, drawn one and lost only two of nine games. They have scored just 14 goals and conceded seven. Arsenal's away record is average, with three wins, three draws and three defeats.

But sixth-place Arsenal should be confident; in 18 Barclays Premier League visits to Upton Park the Gunners have won 10, drawn six and lost only two. They have won their last three, scoring three goals in each visit (1-3, 1-3 and 0-3) and are unbeaten in their last six visits (winning five and drawing just one). Indeed, Arsenal last lost at Upton Park in November 2006.

And on Boxing Day night, the Gunners won 2-1 at home to struggling Queens Park Rangers despite having Olivier Giroud sent off. Alexis Sanchez missed a penalty but also scored, with Tomas Rosicky adding the Gunners' second goal. As a result of that red card the Frenchman will miss the short trip from north to east London.