- Arsenal unbeaten in six years vs. West Ham at Emirates
- Hammers have won 2 of last 3 PL fixtures
- Arsenal 17W-3D-4L in all home competitions this season
With no wins in its last four matches and the UEFA Champions League in question, Arsenal looks to home cooking to serve up a London derby win as West Ham comes to town (Watch live on NBCSN and online at 2:45pm ET Tuesday via NBC Sports Live Extra)
West Ham last took a point from Arsenal in an October 2009 draw, and hasn’t beaten the Gunners since an April 7, 2007 win at the Emirates.
Lukas Podolski may get a chance to be a hero just a few days after admitting his frustrations at being subbed off and his worries about missing out on the Champions League.
West Ham’s 37 points are seven ahead of the drop and six behind 10th place Stoke.
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What They’re Saying
Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud on the mid-week match: ““We know that we have to win every single game. We are going to have six finals now, if I can say that. Hopefully Everton will lose some points, maybe against the two Manchester clubs or Southampton. Every single game will be tough for everyone so let’s do the job first and we will have a look at where we are.”
West Ham defender James Tomkins on looking for a win across town: “We’re looking forward to it; it’s going to be a good game. I think we’ve got a good chance, but they’re going to be up for it no matter what. If we keep it tight until half-time and then maybe we can catch them on the counter-attack.”
The Hammers played Liverpool tough in their last outing, and even the Emirates won’t make for a Gunners cake walk. Still, Arsenal has enough class to keep things interesting in the Top Four. Give the Gunners are 2-1 win.
Middlesbrough has impressed at times during its return to the Premier League this season, and now the club looks to bolster its backline as the transfer window closes.
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The club announced the loan signing of Arsenal defender Calum Chambers on Tuesday, providing the Boro with a promising young player to contribute in the back.
Chambers, 21, has made 58 appearances in the PL with both the Gunners and Southampton, while also earning three caps for England.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka revaled his excitement over the signing, while also stating that the player addresses a big need on the backline.
“I’m really pleased,” said Karanka. “It’s a position where we’ve been working towards bringing the right player in. We haven’t been in a hurry because Calum was the player we were waiting for, and he’s going to help us a lot.”
The Gunners have been heavily criticized for not spending enough during the transfer season, however, Arsene Wenger has gotten the man he wanted to help out defensively.
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Arsenal announced the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi on Tuesday, after the German centerback had been previously been linked to the club for some time as their top transfer target.
Mustafi will likely figure immediately into the Arsenal defense, which has also added Rob Holding this summer. The 24-year-old made over 64 appearances for Valencia while in La Liga after beginning his academy career in England with Everton.
Hope Solo hasn’t had the best couple of weeks since the U.S. Women’s National Team bailed out of the 2016 Olympics.
On Tuesday, the U.S. keeper announced her decision to take a step back from her club team as well after receiving a six-month ban from U.S. Soccer.
The veteran American shot stopper took to Twitter to make her decision known, leaving her status unknown with the Seattle Reign in the future. Solo remains under contract until the end of the current campaign, however, it is not known as to how her decision to sit out will affect her financially.
Solo wil be eligible to return to the USWNT in February, but it will be up to head coach Jill Ellis to reintroduce the 35-year-old into the fold.
U.S. Men’s National Team and LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes will miss the rest of the MLS regular season with a broken bone in his right foot.
It was initially believed on Monday that the U.S. attacker could be out until the end of 2016 after suffering the injury in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Zardes was taken down by Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston during the latter stages of the match, with the Costa Rican apparently catching the inside of the 24-year-old’s foot, ultimately causing the injury.
Because of his extended absence, Zardes was ruled out of consideration for the USMNT squad ahead of their upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.