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West Ham v Arsenal: Starting line-ups

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Arsenal face a tricky last game of 2014 when they travel to east London to take on an in-form West Ham at Upton Park.

The Gunners survived with just 10 men in their Boxing Day outing against QPR to record a 2-1 victory, and they will be looking to take advantage of Manchester United's draw against north London rivals Tottenham earlier today.

Olivier Giroud will of course miss the game after his sending off against Harry Redknapp's team, and that could move Danny Welbeck into a more central role. Laurent Koscielny makes a timely return to action to take up his place in the Arsenal defence alongside Per Mertesacker, while Mathieu Debuchy drops to the bench.

For West Ham, both Alex Song and Diafra Sakho return to the starting XI having been rested for the 2-0 defeat against Chelsea 48 hours ago. Enner Valencia drops to the bench.

Arsenal starting XI

Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Welbeck

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Subs

Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Welbeck

West Ham Starting XI

Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Tomkins, Kouyate, Carroll, Downing, Sakho, O'Brien, Amalfitano, Song

Subs

Jaaskelainen, Nolan, Noble, Collins, Demel, Cole, Valencia

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