West Ham duo Antonio, Sakho return for Arsenal trip

"We have to change that and to start we have a big game against Arsenal on Wednesday and we have to get something out of that".

West Ham United are in a spot of no bother at the moment. When I told you I wasn't anxious before it is the situation that I am not relieved to say "oh my god, they gave me confidence".

Michail Antonio returns to the Hammers squad for Wednesday's game but it's not clear whether a man who was forced to pull out of the most recent England squad will start or not.

West Ham lost 2-1 to Hull City on Saturday, and speaking to Croatian newspaper Vecernji List after training on Sunday, Jurcevic insisted the attitude of the players is right and they back Bilic: "When you lose four games in a row, the situation can not be pleasant".

It remains to be seen whether full back Aaron Cresswell has recovered from his injury in time to face Arsenal.

West Ham suffer from key injuries to forward Antonio and centre-backs Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna.

West Ham, who are now 14th in the league, have won four of their 15 away games this season.

Arsenal have won just one of their last eight Premier League matches played in midweek (Tues-Thurs); drawing four and losing three. Do you think this double swap would give Arsenal a better chance of getting a much needed win this week?

Bilic, on the other hand, desperately needs improved results, with his side having dropped to 14th place, six points above the bottom three. Moreover, the towering centre forward/target man is exactly the type of player that can strike fear in Arsenal's defensive unit who nearly always seem to crumble at the sight of Carroll.

When Arsenal met West Ham at the London Stadium back in December the Gunners prevailed 5-1 with Alexis Sanchez netting a hat-trick.

Now Arsenal are in sixth, 18 points off the Blues at the top of the Premier League and seven points from the top four and a UEFA Champions League spot for next season.

  • Julie Sanders