The Gunners return to the Emirates just three days after battling back twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Manchester City – a result that’s done little to aid their hopes of making the top four again this season.
Ahead of Wednesday’s London derby, against a West Ham side that have lost their last four league matches, Arsene Wenger has confirmed his team will be without skipper Laurent Koscielny for the game after suffering an Achilles problem on Sunday. Petr Cech remains sidelined but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker could all return to the squad.
The Arsenal boss continues to be under intense scrutiny having seen his side lose four of their last six league matches, plunge out of the title race and drop into sixth position in the table.
Fan unrest has been growing outside the Emirates Stadium recently with a number of supporters protesting towards Arsenal’s hierarchy before the weekend’s draw. Wenger commented: “Honestly, I am professional and when you are professional you perform in ideal conditions and non-ideal conditions,” the Mirror report.
“I love to win football games. I just focus on that. I work for my club with honesty and integrity. I am not scared. I accept the judgement of people and focus on the game. That’s it.”
Arsenal have ten Premier League games left to save their Champions League status and qualify for a 21st consecutive season. Wenger has urged fans to stick together in the hope of a positive end to the season. The Frenchman has finished in the top four in every season he’s managed since his appointment in 1996.
“We have many games in April, we need everybody on board. We need the support of our fans in games. We play as well in the semi-final of the FA Cup, it’s all to go for. It’s a good opportunity to show we are united.”