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When and where?

West Ham United v Arsenal
Premier League
Saturday 3 December 2016, 5.30pm GMT
London Stadium

What’s the story?

West Ham United welcome Arsenal to London Stadium on Saturday evening for the first Premier League derby at their new home.

After three consecutive away games, the Hammers are finally back in east London with cross-capital bragging rights up for grabs.

Of course, Slaven Bilic’s men have contested one derby at London Stadium already – a 2-1 win over Chelsea in the EFL Cup – and they will be looking for a similar result this time out as they try to build on last Sunday’s draw at Manchester United.

Both West Ham and Arsenal were involved in midweek action – and both exited the EFL Cup following defeats to the Red Devils and Southampton respectively.

However, the Gunners had gone 19 games without defeat previously, a run which stretched back to the opening weekend of the season.

Arsene Wenger’s men are hot on the heels of league leading trio Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, just three points behind the Blues with eight wins and four draws from their opening 13 league games.

West Ham are in 16th after last week’s draw took them above Crystal Palace with twelve points to their name.

Team news

West Ham will be without both Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell for Saturday’s game after both suffered injuries in Wednesday’s defeat at Manchester United.

Diafra Sakho is also out with a hamstring problem, but Andy Carroll is likely to be in the squad after overcoming his knee injury.

Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy is out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury, while Olivier Giroud is a doubt due to his groin.

Santi Cazorla has undergone ankle surgery this week and is out for three months.

Any links between the two?

West Ham midfielder Havard Nordtveit spent four years with Arsenal as a youngster before departing for German football, from where he joined the Hammers in the summer.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson played 59 Premier League games for West Ham across two seasons on loan at the Boleyn Ground, from 2014-16.

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How can I watch the game?

Saturday’s match is being broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport. You can also follow the game as it happens right here on, with live audio commentary, social updates, in-running stats, photos and more.