… and welcome to the Emirates as league leaders Arsenal get their Premier League marketing campaign again underway following the worldwide break.
West Ham are the aspect who journey to north London this night and achieve this a full 23 factors behind Arsenal within the desk down in sixteenth place.
It has been 15 years since Arsenal final topped the Premier League desk at Christmas and so they achieve this this season with a title firmly on the forefront of their minds.
They’ve the prospect to go eight factors away from Manchester Metropolis – albeit briefly – with a win this night and Mikel Arteta shouldn’t be shying away from the fact that his aspect have an enormous likelihood of lifting the trophy come season’s finish.
A 2-0 win over Wolves despatched the Gunners into the World Cup break with a smile however they arrive out of it with some inquiries to reply.
Most pertinently, how will Gabriel Jesus get replaced on the spearhead of their assault? The Brazilian will likely be out for a major interval following a knee harm in Qatar, inserting large stress on the shoulders of younger Eddie Nketiah.
As for West Ham, this sport marks a major level of their season as effectively. David Moyes’ aspect want to begin transferring away from the drop zone and quick after a poor begin to the season.
Again-to-back league losses to Leicester and Crystal Palace despatched Moyes into the break with loads to consider and he might effectively see his aspect within the backside three come the brand new 12 months ought to they journey up over the festive interval.
They’ve taken only one level from their final 5 Premier League away matches and boast a mere three top-flight objectives on the highway all season lengthy.
That doesn’t bode effectively in opposition to an Arsenal aspect who’ve conceded a mere 11 objectives all season.
Full group information and construct up from 7pm.