James Tomkins is hoping to banish memories of last season's visit to the Emirates when West Ham United return to north London in the Barclays Premier League on Tuesday evening.

The Hammers defender played the full 90 minutes as the visitors were blown away by an Arsenal onslaught at the start of the second half, amounting to an eventual 5-1 win.

The Gunners scored four times in a ten minute spell after the restart to surge ahead having gone in 1-1 at half-time. Tomkins admitted that the team will be keen to avoid a repeat following Sam Allardyce's reaction to the loss.

"He brought us in early to watch the video of the game the next day" he explained. "And we don't want a repeat of that.

"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."

While the second half barrage is a painful memory for the 25-year-old, he feels the team can take heart from their performance in the first 45 minutes, after they took the lead and managed to restrict the Gunners.

"I remember that we started well in that game and we held them until half-time. They scored four goals quickly and that can happen at places like the Emirates and unfortunately it happened to us on that day.

"Once they scored those goals it was a long way back from there. We have to hold out for as long as we can because I think we've got a good chance as they played a cup game which went to extra time on Saturday and may feel the effects."

Arsenal may well be feeling the after effects of their weekend exertions against the Hammers on Tuesday, after they required extra-time and a penalty shoot-out to beat Wigan Athletic to reach the FA Cup with Budweiser final on Saturday.

The Gunners also have the longest injury list in the top-flight at present, but Tomkins feels that whichever side Arsene Wenger decides to field the visitors will be given a thorough examination.

"Arsenal are very used to playing three games in a week with their Champions League games. They have played a lot of games compared to us, so they might be quite used to it, but it will still have an effect on them.

"They've got a few injuries at the moment as well, so it might be a good time to play them. They might put out a weakened team, but whatever side they play is a good team."

Tomkins and co head into the game after pushing league leaders Liverpool all the way before the Reds prevailed 2-1 last Sunday, and the defender feels the Hammers can take heart from that performance as they head to the Emirates.

"We defended really well against Liverpool. Obviously conceding the first penalty and then getting the goal, that was massive for us to go in 1-1 at half-time.

"Unfortunately we couldn't nick a goal and then they scored another penalty. They're scoring from open play very freely this season, they've got some good players and it will be a good test going up to Arsenal because they're two really good clubs, Liverpool and Arsenal, and we're just looking for another good performance like the one against Liverpool.

"We can take confidence from that game going to Arsenal and hopefully get something out of the game."

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