WEST HAM UNITED V ARSENAL
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2012
KICK-OFF: 5.30pm
REFEREE: PHIL DOWD

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John Bond

• There will be a minute's applause prior to kick-off in memory of West Ham United legend John Bond. The full-back passed away on 25 September at the age of 79. Born and raised just a few hundred yards from the Boleyn Ground, Bond played 444 games for the Hammers, scoring 37 times. He won the Division Two title in 1958 and lifted the FA Cup in 1964 before embarking on a successful career in management.

Important travel information

• Supporters attending the game are reminded that due to engineering work there is no direct c2c train service between Upminster and Barking on Saturday. The London Underground District line will be restricted to operating between Barking and West Ham between 2pm and 11pm only.

• Supporters travelling from Upminster will need to use the half-hourly c2c shuttle service between Upminster and Grays, changing at Grays for trains to Barking and West Ham

• Supporters from Basildon, Laindon and West Horndon should travel to Pitsea and change for trains via Barking and West Ham.

• The District line is closed between Aldgate to Upminster all weekend (in addition to the Hammersmith and City line being closed between King's Cross to Barking). However, the District line closure will be reduced between 2pm and 11pm (Aldgate East to West Ham) to allow West Ham and Arsenal supporters to travel to Upton Park station. This means the line is operational through West Ham between West Ham and Barking between 2pm and 11pm.  Those supporters travelling from Central London should use the Jubilee line to West Ham and change for the District line.

• For the latest London Underground, DLR and bus travel updates and news click here.

Introduction

• West Ham United host Arsenal still unbeaten at home in the Barclays Premier League and on the back of their first away win of the season at Queens Park Rangers on Monday night.

• Andy Carroll is expected to feature after returning from injury in that 2-1 win at Loftus Road.  Yossi Benayoun could also feature against the club where he spent last season on loan from Chelsea.

• The last meeting between the two sides came at the Boleyn Ground, but the Hammers will be hoping for more luck this time out after suffering a 3-0 defeat in the 2010/11 season.

• West Ham United's last win over Arsenal came in the Premier League on 7 April 2007, Bobby Zamora scored on the stroke of half-time to give the Hammers all three points as they became the first away team to win at the Emirates Stadium. There have been nine meetings since then, with the Gunners emerging victories on seven occasions and the other two ending in draws.

• Last time out at the Boleyn Ground in the Barclays Premier League it was drama at the death as captain Kevin Nolan volleyed home a 90th-minute equaliser against Sunderland. The Black Cates had gone in front after nine minutes through Scotland striker Steven Fletcher.

• Arsenal suffered their first Barclays Premier League defeat at home to Chelsea last weekend, losing 2-1.

• West Ham United v Arsenal is one of six Barclays Premier League matches taking place on Saturday, the others being: (kick-off 3pm unless stated) Chelsea v Norwich City, Manchester City v Sunderland (12.45pm), Swansea City v Reading, West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic v Everton.

Last time out

Monday 1 October 2012
Barclays Premier League
Queens Park Rangers 1-2 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid (Tomkins 23), O'Brien (McCartney 35), Noble, Diame, Nolan, Vaz Te, Jarvis, Cole (Carroll 72)
Subs not used: Henderson, Benayoun, O'Neil, Maiga
Goals: Jarvis 3, Vaz Te 35

Wednesday 3 October 2012
UEFA Champions League
Arsenal 3-1 Olympiakos
Arsenal: Mannone; Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Coquelin; Oxlade-Chamberlain (Walcott 70), Gervinho (Giroud 79), Podolski (Ramsey 79)
Subs not used: Shea, Santos, Djourou, Arshavin

Goals: Podolski 42, Gervinho 56, Ramsey 90


Previous meetings


• West Ham United's previous encounter with Arsenal came on Saturday 15 January 2011 and ended in a 3-0 defeat at the Boleyn Ground.

• Robin van Persie put in an outstanding performance, scoring two goals with Theo Walcott adding another in between the Dutchman's brace. The first came after 13 minutes when van Persie rifled in from Walcott's cross and the combination switched one minute before the break as Arsenal took a 2-0 lead. The Hammers continued to struggle with the attacking duo and Wayne Bridge allowed Van Persie to complete the scoring from the spot after bringing down Walcott in the box.

• The teams that day were:

West Ham United: Green, Tomkins, Upson, Spector, Faubert, Bridge (Nouble 89), Kovac, Noble (Boa Morte 20), Cole, Sears (Barrera 64), Hines

Arsenal: Szczesny, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Eboue, Fabregas (Denilson 81), Nasri (Arshavin 88), Walcott (Gibbs 88), Song, Wilshere, Van Persie.


Background


• West Ham United have faced Arsenal 125 times in Premier League, Football League and the domestic knockout competitions. The Hammers have won 33, the Gunners have won 54 and there have been 38 draws.

• West Ham United's biggest win over Arsenal came on 7 March 1927 when a Vic Watson hat-trick helped secure a 7-0 win for the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground.

• West Ham United defeated Arsenal 8-2 in the first meeting between the two clubs on Christmas Day 1915. Syd Puddefoot scored five times in the fixture, which was played in the war-time London Combination principal tournament.

• Including war-time competitions, the Hammers have met the Gunners a staggering 162 times, with West Ham United winning 48, Arsenal winning 71 and there being 43 draws.

• The third and most-recent time that West Ham United won the FA Cup was against Arsenal, with the Hammers winning 1-0 at Wembley on 10 May 1980. The 1980 final is also the last time a team outside the top-flight has won the competition.

• Five of West Ham United's first eight games against Arsenal were in the FA Cup, with just three of the encounters coming in the league.

• The Hammers have won just once in their last ten meetings with the Gunners, but prior this recent downturn in form they had won four in a row.

• The Hammers are still unbeaten at home in the Barclays Premier League, having beaten Aston Villa (1-0) and Fulham (3-0) before drawing 1-1 with Sunderland last time out at the Boleyn Ground.

• Arsenal have beaten West Ham United 4-0 three times at the Boleyn Ground in the league - in Division One on 5 October 1925 and 2 March 1963 and in the Premier League on 6 February 1999.

• West Ham United became the final visiting team to win at Arsenal's old Highbury home when they chalked up a 3-2 Premier League success on 1 February 2006.

• The Hammers then became the first away side to win to win at Emirates Stadium, recording a memorable 1-0 Premier League win on 7 April 2007.

• West Ham United midfielder Mohamed Diame and Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby were team-mates at the famous Clairefontaine Academy near Paris as youngsters.

• A number of West Ham United and Arsenal players have appeared together for other clubs, including Modibo Maiga and Gervinho (Le Mans), Guy Demel and Tomas Rosicky (Borussia Dortmund) and Alou Diarra and Marouane Chamakh (Girondins de Bordeaux).

• Former West Ham United winger Pat Holland was appointed as head coach of Arsenal's Under-18 side in the summer of 2012.

Twenty players have made their West Ham United debuts against Arsenal. Harry Hodges was the first in a 4-1 Division One defeat at Highbury on 10 September 1923, with Wayne Bridge the most recent in a 3-0 home Barclays Premier League defeat on 15 January 2011.

Ron Cater, Almeric Hall and Ken Bainbridge all made their Hammers' bows in a 6-0 FA Cup third-round first-leg victory over Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground on 5 January 1946. Hall scored twice and Bainbridge once.

Ray Houghton made his one and only West Ham United appearance as a substitute in a 2-0 Division One defeat at Arsenal on 1 May 1982.

Steve Jones made his second West Ham United 'debut' in a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Arsenal on 17 August 1996.

The other players to have made their West Ham United debuts against Arsenal include John Morton (March 1932), Phil Woosnam (November 1958), Pat Holland (April 1969), Clyde Best (August 1969), Bobby Gould (November 1973), Danny Williamson (April 1994), Les Sealey (September 1995), Bernard Lama (March 1998), Gary Breen (August 2002), Dean Ashton (February 2006), Jack Collison (January 2008), Fabio Daprela and Anthony Edgar (both January 2010).


Last six meetings
(Premier League unless stated)

15 January 2011: West Ham United 0-3 Arsenal
30 October 2010: Arsenal 1-0 West Ham United
20 March 2010: Arsenal 2-0 West Ham United
3 January 2010 West Ham United 1-2 Arsenal (FA Cup third round)
25 October 2009: West Ham United 2-2 Arsenal
31 January 2009: Arsenal 0-0 West Ham United

Overall record v Arsenal (all competitions) W 33 D38 L 54

Ten-year record

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Division One 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Division One)

Arsenal

2011/12 Premier League 3rd (70 points)
2010/11 Premier League 4th (68 points)
2009/10 Premier League 3rd (75 points)
2008/09 Premier League 4th72 points)
2007/08 Premier League 3rd (83 points)
2006/07 Premier League 4th ­(68 points)
2005/06 Premier League 4th (67 points)
2004/05 Premier League 2nd (83 points)
2003/04 Premier League 1st (90 points)
2002/03 Premier League 2nd (78 points)


Referee

• Saturday's referee will be Phil Dowd.

Phil Dowd is in his 12th season as a Select Group official, having initially been promoted to the Barclays Premier League list of referees in 2001.

Dowd began refereeing in local leagues in 1984, officiating in the Staffordshire Senior League and Midland Football Alliance. He was appointed to the Football League list of assistant referees in 1992, before joining the League's full list of referees in 1997, aged 34.

The 49-year-old is commonly considered to be one of England's best match officials, an opinion backed by his appointments as the referee for the 2012 FA Cup and 2010 Football League Cup finals.

Previously, Dowd was the fourth official at the 2006 FA Cup final between West Ham United and Liverpool at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Dowd has refereed 19 West Ham fixtures in total, the most-recent being a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea on 23 April 2011. He has taken charge of 24 Arsenal matches, but none so far this season.

He will be assisted by Scott Ledger and Michael McDonough, while the fourth official will be Andre Marriner


Team news

• Jack Collison is unlikely to play after missing the start of the season as he continues to manage his long-term knee issues.

• Andy Carroll is pushing for a start after returning from a month out with a hamstring injury in Monday's 2-1 victory at Queens Park Rangers.

• Winston Reid is expected to be fit after recovering from the head injury he picked up playing against QPR. Fellow defender Joey O'Brien faces a race to be fit after also going off injured on Monday with a hamstring strain.

• Matt Taylor has returned to full training after missing Monday's win with a calf injury suffered in the Capital One Cup third-round defeat by Wigan Athletic on 25 September.

Old boys

Yossi Benayoun spent two years with West Ham United between 2005 and 2007, appearing in the 2006 FA Cup final defeat by Liverpool, before joining Liverpool. After moving to Chelsea on a permanent deal in 2010, the Israel captain joined Arsenal on loan last season, scoring eight goals in 25 appearances.

Guy Demel spent a season with Arsenal as a youngster, joining the Gunners as a 19-year-old in 2000. However, the right-back did not make a first-team appearance for Arsenal and joined German club Borussia Dortmund the following summer.

Among the players who have represented both clubs are Jeremie Aliadiere, James Bigden, Jimmy Bloomfield, Luis Boa Morte, Liam Brady, George Burgess, Dick Curtis, Kaba Diawara, Ted Drake, Stan Earle, Bert Fletcher, Ron Greenwood, Eddie Hapgood, John Hartson, Les Henley, Fergie Hunt, James Jackson, Bernard Joy, Fred Kemp, Henri Lansbury, Tom Lee, Harry Lewis, William Linwood, Freddie Ljungberg, Roddy MacEachrane, Jimmy Marshall, David Noble, John Radford, Stewart Robson, Charles Satterthwaite, Laurie Scott, Rami Shaaban, Bill Sidley, Bob Stevenson, Davor Suker, Matthew Upson, Charlie Walker, Nigel Winterburn, Ian Wright, Richard Wright, Bobby Gould, Seve Walford, Lee Chapman, Manuel Almunia and Clive Allen.

General Information

• Tickets for Saturday's game are SOLD OUT.

• The weather forecast for the game is for a chilly and misty day with a maximum temperature of 13C (56F).

• For the latest London Underground, DLR and bus travel updates and news click here.

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