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Arsenal vs West Ham: Predicted XIs

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Arsenal's league campaign gets back under way on Tuesday night at home to West Ham United, and Arsene Wenger knows that it is a must-win fixture.

Everton climbed above the Gunners into fourth spot on Saturday, thanks to their 1-0 victory at Sunderland, and to qualify for the Champions League, Arsenal's remaining fixtures are all must-win games.

West Ham look certainties to stay up after a good run of form, but Sam Allardyce is not one to give up at the end of the season: his side will be hungry for a shock win

Nacho Monreal misses out for Arsenal after being stretchered off in Saturday's FA Cup win on penalties against Wigan Athletic, but Kieran Gibbs should be fit enough to play at left-back, having looked bright when he came on in that game.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey both looked drained on Saturday, and Wenger says they are both uncertainties due to muscle tightness.

Tomas Rosicky and Laurent Koscielny both missed that game through injury, and they face fitness test on Monday afternoon to see if they will be ready.

Due to the injuries in midfield, Kim Kallstrom may be handed his first start since joining from Spartak Moscow in January.

Olivier Giroud is expected to return up front, despite Yaya Sanogo's bright performance in the Gunners' last outing.

Sam Allardyce says that Kevin Nolan is his side's main injury doubt; the influential captain has a hamstring injury, picked up against Liverpool, and may not be risked.

George McCartney and Joey O'Brien should be fit enough to make their returns to the Hammers' starting line-up.

Possible Teams:

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Arteta; Chamberlain, Cazorla, Kallstrom; Giroud

West Ham: Adrian; Reid, Tomkins, O'Brien, Armero; Noble, Taylor; Nocerino, Diame, Downing; Carroll


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