Coquelin out, Podolski back in for West Ham


Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of tomorrow night’s game with West Ham at the Emirates.

Following Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea the Gunners will be without Francis Coquelin, who suffered a hamstring injury, but there’s a boost with the return of Lukas Podolski after illness while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also return.

There was no good news about Mikel Arteta though, despite an ‘exclusive’ elsewhere saying he was back, Wenger confirmed the Spaniard was still out due to his calf problem and said, “We are short in that position, Mikel is a player who gives us stability.”

And the manager has urged his team to react to the disappointing result at Stamford Bridge. Overall, away from home we have been quite good.

“The position we are in now is backs to the wall,” he said. “We missed the start of the the last two games, we have to respond.”

Meanwhile, on loan striker Marouane Chamakh (unable to play because of Premier League rules), has been about as much help to his new club off the field as he was to Arsenal on it.

Speaking to the official West Ham site, he said, “I don’t know if I necessarily have any secrets [about Arsenal]. The players will have to produce something pretty good over there. They’re going to play with their hearts and their heads and they’ll have to give everything to bring us back at least a point.”

Not their feet then, that should help us out a little bit.

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