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Arsenal will be without now ex-captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who will not be considered for this London Derby due to a disciplinary breach that has also seen him stripped of the armband.

His absence in Arsenal’s last game against Southampton wasn’t too much of an issue however as the North London team cruised to a three-nil victory.

The league table suggests however that their visitors from the East side of London won’t make life quite so easy in this game.

West Ham may not be quite replicating their early season form but they hung onto 4th place in the league courtesy of a 0-0 draw away at Burnley at the weekend.

So far in December, West Ham have only secured one win, at home to Chelsea, with the form of Michail Antonio a concern. The striker has not scored a Premier League goal since October.

The Hammers also have concerns in defence with long term absentee Angelo Ogbonna and impressive youngster Ben Johnson still out. Aaron Cresswell is back in contention however after colliding with the post in the defeat to Manchester City on November 28th.

As for Arsenal they remain without Bernd Leno and Sead Kolisinac but will still be confident of extending their unbeaten home run, which now extends to seven games, with the last four matches at the Emirates ending in victory for Mikel Arteta.

If they do so Arsenal will leapfrog West Ham in the league currently sitting as they do, two points behind their London rivals.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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