Arteta responds to “celebration police” comments from pundits
Arsenal travel to West Ham looking to keep pace in the Premier League title race, while Mikel Arteta’s side are also out for revenge after losing both games they have played against the Hammers this season.
The Gunners were beaten by David Moyes’s team in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup as well as in the Premier League in late December, with the visitors won 2-0 at the Emirates in what looked to be a major dent in Arsenal’s title bid.
But Arteta’s side have found form in recent weeks, and travel to the London Stadium on the back of an impressive victory over leaders Liverpool last weekend. West Ham, meanwhile, have not won since beating Arsenal on December 28 and are winless in six in all competitions, although they could go sixth with a win.
Follow live updates from West Ham vs Arsenal in today’s live blog and get all the latest odds and tips here.
Mikel Arteta responds to Arsenal ‘over-celebration’ row: ‘I love it’
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher told captain Martin Odegaard to “just get down the tunnel” as he took pictures with the club photographer’s camera, while Gary Neville said it showed “a little bit of immaturity”.
But Mikel Arteta was not paying any attention to the criticism.
“I love it,” he said when asked about his side’s and his own celebrations. “I’ve seen managers at the Emirates, away (at other stadiums) on their knees inside the pitch. I’ve seen very big managers going across the touchline in the Premier League.
“Personally, I love it because it brings such a passion and emotion to the game when it’s done in a natural and unique way. I think it’s great but it’s my opinion and other people may think something different.”
Ben Fleming11 February 2024 13:15
Arsenal team news
Two changes, meanwhile, for Arsenal after their big win against Liverpool. Kiwior comes in for the injured Zinchenko, while Trossard will lead the lead as Havertz drops into midfield and Jorginho moves to the bench.
Tomiyasu, Smith Rowe and Jesus are all not fit enough to make the bench.
Arsenal XI: Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Rice, Havertz, Odegaard; Saka, Martinelli, Trossard.
Subs: Ramsdale, Cedric, Walters, Bandeira, Elneny, Jorginho, Nelson, Nwaneri, Nketiah.
Ben Fleming11 February 2024 13:10
West Ham team news
West Ham name an unchanged XI from their 3-0 defeat against Manchester United last weekend. That means that Ben Johnson continues in his more advanced right-wing, while Alphonse Areola is able to start in goal having come off at half-time at Old Trafford.
Phillips remains on the bench.
West Ham XI: Areola; Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson; Alvarez, Soucek, Ward-Prowse; Johnson, Kudus, Bowen.
Subs: Fabianski, Cresswell, Phillips, Mavropanos, Cornet, Ings, Ogbonna, Mubama, Scarles.
Ben Fleming11 February 2024 13:05
Ben Fleming11 February 2024 13:01
West Ham vs Arsenal LIVE: Latest Premier League updates
We’ve got around ten minutes to go until team news for today’s game. Jesus and Saka are slight doubts for Arsenal, while the Hammers are set to be without Lucas Paqueta and Michail Antonio.
All will be revealed shortly…
Ben Fleming11 February 2024 12:50
Arsenal looking for revenge
What a difference a month can make. Today, Arsenal head to the London Stadium just five points off Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table but, in December, their title bid looked to have derailed after a disappointing defeat 2-0 home defeat against West Ham just after Christmas.
If you’ve forgotten how that game transpired, click below:
Ben Fleming11 February 2024 12:40
Kalvin Phillips reveals ‘toughest moment’ of disastrous Man City spell
Phillips, 28, joined City from Leeds United in a £42m transfer in July 2022. He signed a six-year contract with the Premier League champions but made just six starts in all competitions under Guardiola, spending the majority of his time at the club sitting on the substitutes bench.
Phillips joined West Ham on loan in January, returning to the pitch in search of much-needed minutes ahead of Euro 2024 this summer, and admitted he had lost the “fire within me” since moving to City from Leeds.
“After the World Cup was probably the toughest,” Phillips said. “When Pep came out and said I was overweight.
Read more of the Englishman’s thoughts below:
Ben Fleming11 February 2024 12:30
West Ham vs Arsenal betting tips
Arsenal’s title ambitions got a huge shot in the arm with last week’s win over Liverpool and are expecting them to keep up the pressure at the top of the table with a win at West Ham on Sunday (2pm, Sky Sports Main Event).
The Gunners are a best-price of 4/7 in the Premier League odds to collect another three points at the London Stadium and stretch their winning run in the top flight to four games.
They’ll have taken plenty of confidence from the 3-1 success against Liverpool but have had West Ham halt their momentum once this season already.
Ben Fleming11 February 2024 12:20
What Arsenal’s celebrations against Liverpool really told us about the title race
In the subsequent days, much has been made of Arteta’s sprint along the touchline and captain Martin Odegaard’s eye for a photograph as well as a pass: though if the whole debate has felt overblown, it would return with a thunder should Arsenal fail to build on their gathering momentum. West Ham are out of form, winless in six – or since they won at Arsenal on 28 December.
Read Jamie Braidwood’s preview ahead of today’s clash:
Ben Fleming11 February 2024 12:10