West Ham will be looking to heap more pressure on Arsenal tonight as their odds of 8/1 look a little too big to ignore at the Emirates.
Arsenal will look to build on their FA cup semi final success when they take on West Ham United later this evening.
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The Gunners sealed their place in the FA Cup final with a penalty shoot-out success over the Championship side and they will turn their attentions to reclaiming fourth place in the league.
Arsene Wenger’s surrendered their grasp on the final champion’s league spot on the back of a 3-0 defeat to rivals Everton last time out but they can climb above the Merseysiders with a victory over 11th place West Ham at the Emirates.
The Gunners are likely to make some changes from the side that beat Wigan.
Tomas Rosicky and Laurent Koscielny are both in line to return to the starting line up after missing the Wembley showdown with thigh and calf injuries however Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nacho Monreal are both struggling to be fit.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, one of Arsenal’s better performers in a sluggish opening 60 minutes against Wigan, is struggling with a groin injury while Monreal has a dead leg.
Lukas Podolski could also miss with a combination of a muscle injury in his leg and a dislocated figure. The German star has revealed his frustration at being substituted so often in games having completed the full 90 minutes just twice this season.
“I play and in the last games, I always come out and of course you cannot be happy when you always go out after 60, 70 minutes,” said the German.
“Of course I am not happy always to be substituted. It’s the decision of the boss, he is the manager. He decides who comes in, who comes out, who are the first XI.
“It’s not always easy when you play for a big club but of course I am not happy to always come out and watch from outside. You cannot be happy with this situation.”
Should the former Bayern Munich man prove his fitness he could find himself on the bench for the game with Arsene Wenger likely to start with Oliver Giroud up front.
Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Abou Diaby and Serge Gnabry all miss out.
West Ham meanwhile is sweating on the fitness of Kevin Nolan as he battles a hamstring injury while Marco Boriello and George McCartney both miss out.
Irish International Joey O’Brien could return to the squad following his recovery from a dislocated shoulder.
Despite sitting 11th in the table, the Hammers are not safe yet West Ham with just seven points separating the club from third from bottom Fulham.
Last time out Sam Allardyce’s men put up a spirited performance in the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool and a similar display on Tuesday could make life difficult for Arsenal.