Arsenal vs West Ham LIVE commentary: Mikel Arteta’s Gunners begin life without Gabriel Jesus as Hammers look to move away from drop zone – kick-off time, team news and how to listen on talkSPORT

    Arsenal will be hoping they can continue their domination of the Premier League as the season restarts on Boxing day. 

    The Gunners are five points clear at the top of the table and take on West Ham exclusively live on talkSPORT.

    Arsenal are five points clear at the top of the table

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    Arsenal are five points clear at the top of the table

    Mikel Arteta seems to have found the perfect formula for his side but will be missing a key man in Gabriel Jesus who will be sidelined indefinitely after having surgery on a knee injury suffered at the World Cup. 

    They will see if they can cope with their number nine missing as they welcome the Hammers to the Emirates. 

    David Moyes’ side were in terrible form before the World Cup, losing three games in a row ahead of the break. 

    With only four wins in 15 matches so far this season, they sit just a single point above the relegation zone. 

    Arsenal vs West Ham: talkSPORT coverage 

    This Premier League tie will be played on Monday, December 26. 

    Kick-off at the Emirates is scheduled for 8pm. 

    talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Dan Windle. 

    Commentary will then be provided by Joe Shennan and former West Ham defender Alvin Martin. 

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

    You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    West Ham have struggled so far this season

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    West Ham have struggled so far this season

    Arsenal vs West Ham: Team news 

    After losing Jesus following his surgery, Arsenal are expected to line up with Eddie Nketiah leading the line. 

    While Gabriel Martinelli is carrying a knock and Reiss Nelson has been ruled out for a few weeks with an injury. 

    Declan Rice has returned to West Ham training this week after playing at the World Cup with England in Qatar. 

    He was joined by Lucas Paqueta and Thilo Kehrer who also rejoined the Hammers, with all three looking to play a part on Boxing Day.

    Arsenal vs West Ham: What has been said? 

    Arteta has given an update on Jesus’ situation and commented on Arsenal’s possible January transfer window activity. 

    “I never gave a date on Jesus. It will take some time for sure. He’s gone through surgery,” he said. 

    “We’ve had to be active, we’re looking to strengthen the team, we haven’t got the luxury of not maximising in each window.

    “We need a player that will have an impact and take us to the next level.” 

    Arsenal are now looking to bring in a striker in January

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    Arsenal are now looking to bring in a striker in January

    Arsenal vs West Ham: Match facts 

    • Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has scored 10 goals in his last 10 starts in all competitions at the Emirates, notching his 10 goals from just 15 shots on target. Before this run, Nketiah had netted three goals in his first 10 starts for Arsenal at the Emirates.
    • West Ham manager David Moyes has lost more away games against Arsenal in all competitions than he has any other opponent (17), while he’s only faced Chelsea (23) on the road more often without ever winning than he has the Gunners (21).
    • West Ham have lost their last three Premier League games, last losing four in a row within the same campaign back in August/September 2018. The Hammers have lost 11 Premier League away games in 2022, their most on the road in a single calendar year since 2013 (12).
    • Arsenal have won their last three Premier League games by an aggregate score of 8-0 – they’ve not won four in a row without conceding since April/May 2014.
    • Arsenal have won each of their last nine Premier League home games, with six of these coming this season. Victory here would equal their longest winning home run from the start of a top-flight campaign, also winning their first seven in 1934-35, 2005-06 and 2017-18.
    • West Ham have won just one of their last eight Boxing Day league games (D3 L4), beating Swansea City 4-1 in Wales in 2016.
    • Arsenal have won their last 10 Premier League home games on Boxing Day, and are unbeaten in their last 13 at home on this day since a 2-0 loss against Nottingham Forest in 1987.
    • This is the third time Arsenal and West Ham are meeting in a Premier League match on Boxing Day, with the Gunners winning 1-0 at home in 1998 and 3-1 away in 2013.
    • West Ham have lost 11 of their last 12 Premier League away games against Arsenal, with the exception being a 2-0 win on the opening weekend of the 2015-16 campaign.
    • Since losing three in a row against West Ham between February 2006 and April 2007, Arsenal have lost just two of their last 28 Premier League games against the Hammers (W21 D5). Indeed, the Gunners have only beaten Everton (35) more often than West Ham (34) in the competition.

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