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West Ham v Arsenal

Arsenal will be looking to dish out a thumping when they travel to Upton Park on Sunday. The Gunners can consider themselves unlucky to have scored only one goal in their last 2 games considering they have created a staggering 31 chances against CSKA Moscow alone! Surely it's only a matter of time till we destroy a team?

Providing Arsene has kept the boys' confidence up and has made them work on their finishing (surely he has?) then I can see nothing but an Arsenal win considering West Ham have won only two games this season.

Arsenal welcome Adebayor back to the squad after a ten day absence. There are no other players returning from injury but Eboue is getting close and could feature against Everton midweek. Ljungberg, Diaby, Lauren and Baptista are all missing still.

West Ham welcome back their Star Trek wannabe Carlos Tevez after he recovered from a knee injury.

The full squads (according to the BBC website) are:

West Ham: Carroll, Green, Walker, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Konchesky, Spector, Dailly, Pantsil, Mears, McCartney, Benayoun, Mullins, Mascherano, Reo-Coker, Sherringham, Cole, Harewood, Zamora, Tevez.

Arsenal: Lehmann, Hoyte, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Fabregas, Gilberto, Hleb, Rosicky, Henry, Van Persie, Almunia, Djourou, Senderos, Song, Flamini, Walcott, Aliadiere, Adebayor.

West Ham could drop back into the relegation zone if they lose. That result could also see Arsenal climb two places to third if Bolton and Pompey lose to Wigan and Man United respectively.

Alan Pardew is well aware that Arsenal will be looking to dish out the pounding we need to, but says that West Ham have to be fearless:

'Knowing Arsenal, that will only fuel them towards getting a better response this time but the most important thing for us is remembering last year how we approached those two games.

'We have to have the same approach because whatever set up you have you have to have a 'no fear' approach.'

Le Boss thinks that we can take a lot from our draws against Everton and CSKA Moscow but is also well aware of the threat that Teddy Sherringham and Nigel Reo Coker pose:

'We should get a lot of encouragement from the last two games and turn it our way by just insisting and trying to do better.
'Teddy Sheringham in the Blackburn game has showed how much experience can make a difference.

'I also like Nigel Reo-Coker. He has a good work rate, technique and power. He has physical power. In the middle of the park he uses that very well, he is very incisive and wins the ball. He did that against us last year.'

As usual, my prediction is over on the forum.

Match preview submitted by Simmy8_2000

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 4 2006

Time: 2:47PM

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They did us a favour on the last game of the season but they also beat us at highbury. They will want to win after their last win however we need to win to stick close to Chelsea and Manchester United, to do that we have got to play well and score, we can and should do that to show that we do score with our brilliant play.
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04/11/2006 18:00:00

you'll win this one, wet spam are crud this season and deserve to go down.
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05/11/2006 06:14:00

...exercise caution on your predictions for this one. Arsenal really should murder someone soon, but...West Ham seem like a team that could surprise. Teddy Sheringham is typical trash to do just that. Hate him ruthlessly.
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05/11/2006 07:44:00

even a 1-0 will do just fine for us, i du ncare about the performance, just want the 3 points in the bag from this one..
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05/11/2006 09:44:00

i think arsene will want to take wednesday chances into this game and convert them into goals. i am looking to seeing tevez as i think he is a very exciting talent.
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05/11/2006 09:50:00

Now looking that Bolton and Pompey lost we need to win today to get third, we have got to take them seriously and win.
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05/11/2006 11:33:00

I fancy you to score at least four, Henry will want to prove a few doubters wrong, is that true that arsenal fans have been getting on his back? I can't beleive it if it is.
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05/11/2006 11:34:00

Just one would have been good....where's our finishing!?
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05/11/2006 15:28:00

we should have had that clear cut penalty, and the game would have been different, another big three points dropped..
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05/11/2006 16:49:00

Your a disgrace to the Prem
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05/11/2006 17:02:00

disgusting performance. rosicky seems to be nervous in front of goal and henry spends too much time complaining about other players' performances while he was absolute s**t. they must get their act together sharpish
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05/11/2006 17:38:00

Looks clear enough now - Henry's moody behaviour indicates how much he really regrets not shifting to Barca.
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05/11/2006 19:46:00

A game of nmear and far clear cut chances that were squandered in front of goal and that caused us to loose a deer 3 points, at the most clinical point of the season !!!
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05/11/2006 22:35:00

Wenger is a total disgrace but I have come to expect this from so called top managers, Pardew is almost as bad apologising (for what) getting a winning goal a couple of minutes from time?!
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06/11/2006 06:18:00


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