Arsenal face West Ham in their first home game of the season and will be looking to pick up where they left off at Fulham, so who is fit and available to face the Hammers?
After one game of the season, Arsenal sit proudly on top of the Premier League table and the injury table with eight players out.
Shkodran Mustafi is still out with his torn hamstring, Pablo Mari is still recovering following ankle surgery, while Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli are both still recovering from their respective knee injuries.
Emile Smith Rowe is in a sling after he injured his shoulder in training, although the club are hopeful he will be able to get rid of that at the end of next week. The sling, not his shoulder.
David Luiz is still recovering from neck spasms with no return date given.
Granit Xhaka is being assessed after picking up an ankle/foot knock against Fulham while Sokratis, who also missed the game against Fulham is expected back in training this week.
It was a calf injury that kept him out of the game at Craven Cottage but it’s likely to be an impending transfer that will keep him out of any more Arsenal games.
The same is true of Lucas Torreira who is currently sidelined with an acute case of transferitis. The club say it’s a slight injury, Torino’s €24m bid says otherwise.
Others are available but probably won’t play for various reasons.
Emi Martinez is available but will probably be an Aston Villa player by the time Arsenal kick-off against West Ham.
Mesut Ozil is available but probably won’t get selected, as usual.
William Saliba is also available but, as Mikel Arteta explained, is not ready for the Premier League just yet.
Everybody else, at the time of writing, is available to face West Ham and you can view our Arsenal predicted lineup here.
West Ham injuries
According to PremierInjuries.com, West Ham do not have a single injured player. Not even Jack Wilshere. Thinking that seemed unlikely, I checked the West Ham website who report that they expect midfielder Tomas Soucek to return in time for the Arsenal game. Then I noticed that article was from 6 March.
That was the last time West Ham seemed to have issued an injury update prior to David Moyes pre-Arsenal press conference in which he confirmed that Mark Noble would miss out with a toe injury nd Jack Eilhere had an ankle problem, had scan and was back out training.
Jack Wilshere may or may not be fit but he is unlikely to feature, having been omitted entirely from West Ham’s opening day squad for their 2-0 home defeat against Newcastle. It seems West Ham are trying to cancel Wilshere’s contract which still has another year left to go. Manuel Pellegrini convinced the West Ham board to offer Jack a three-year deal as an optimistic ‘show of confidence’ in both the manager and player.
Pellegrini was sacked 17 months later while Wilshere has played just 18 times for the Hammers since moving there just over two years ago. He has managed one goal and one assist in his 747 minutes of West Ham football, 1,200 minutes fewer than he played while on loan with Bournemouth.
Wilshere played the full 90 minutes in his first three Premier League games after moving to West Ham in the summer of 2018. He hasn’t played the full 90 since and has suffered both a groin problem (221 days/22 games missed) and further ankle issues that needed more surgery (201 days/31 games).
Arsenal vs West Ham: Head-to-head record
Arsenal host West Ham on 19 September and will be dreaming of replicating the women’s 9-1 win over the same club this weekend, but how have things gone for the men throughout the history of this fixture?
Arsenal and West Ham first played each other in January, 1906, when then-Woolwich Arsenal drew with the Hammers 1-1 in the FA Cup. James Sharp scored from the spot for the Gunners.
The Arsenal starting XI that day was: Jimmy Ashcroft, Archie Cross, James Sharp, Percy Sands, James Bigden, Andrew Ducat, Roddy McEachrane, Bobby Templeton, Billy Garbutt, Tim Coleman, and Tom Fitchie.
Arsenal won the replay 3-2 at West Ham five days later on 13 January with the exact same lineup apart from Tom Fitchie, who was replaced by Charlie Satterthwaite who scored one of Arsenal’s goals. Garbutt and Ducat scored the others.
Arsenal have won seven of their last 10 games against West Ham, drawing two and losing just one and scoring 23 goals while conceding nine.
Arsenal have lost only two of their last 26 games against West Ham, one home and one away.
Arsenal have lost three games in a row to West Ham twice, once in a run between 8 March 1975 and 29 November 1975 (Cup, Division One, Division One) and then again between 1 February 2006 and 7 April 2007 (all Premier league), the first two when they were managed by Alan Pardew and the third under Alan Curbishley.