West Ham United return to Premier League action on Saturday night with a London derby clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The fixtures is the start of a tough run of games for the Hammers, who will need to be at their best to come away with points from the clash with Mikel Arteta’s men.
West Ham started the 2020-21 Premier League season with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United last weekend, with the performance not up to the standards demanded by the supporters.
The Hammers bounced back in midweek, beating Charlton Athletic in the Carabao Cup with a much-changed side.
West Ham boss David Moyes has admitted Mark Noble and Jack Wilshere face a race against time to potentially be included against Arsenal.
“Mark Noble has got a bit of a toe injury and we just didn’t risk him today in training because we want to see how he is,” the Hammer boss told the club’s official website.
“He took an injection in it, so we’ll see how he is tomorrow and hopefully he’ll be OK.
“Jack had a scan on his ankle on Wednesday. He’s got a little bit of bone growth on his ankle which is causing him irritation. He rolled his ankle and felt it, so that’s why we got it checked, but he’s OK and he’s back out training.”
Moyes was also quick to point out Robert Snodgrass, who was one of the star performers in West Ham’s win in midweek.
The Scottish midfielder is returning from injury and could be an important man for the Hammers this season – but is unlikely to start against Arsenal.
“Robert Snodgrass, for example, that was his first game since February, so he got the best part of 80 minutes and he’s an important member of the squad,” West Ham boss Moyes continued.
“Is he ready? Probably not because of the lack of match practice.”
West Ham fans will hope that a much-improved performance can lead to a positive result against an Arsenal side that started their season with a 3-0 away win at Fulham.
Moyes has some tough decisions to be made from a selection perspective, with a handful of Hammers pushing for inclusion after good performances against Charlton.