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David Moyes is perplexed by the criticism aimed Mikel Arteta's way this season, but is hoping to get one over on the Spaniard when West Ham travel to Arsenal on Wednesday.

Arteta has come under fire numerous times this campaign, most recently on the back of successive defeats to Manchester United and Everton earlier this month.

However, the Gunners have since recovered with a 3-0 win over Southampton and sit just two points off fourth-placed West Ham heading into the midweek round of fixtures.

Arteta has also guided Arsenal to FA Cup success and Moyes, who managed the midfielder at Everton, has called on the Arsenal manager's achievements to be put into perspective.

"It was incredible Mikel won a couple of trophies," he said. "I thought he started his career really well with an FA Cup and Community Shield - not a bad start to your managerial career.

"He's having to readjust, change things around and get it the way he wants it. He has a good team and they've bought some good young players. I didn't quite agree with a lot of the criticism.

"We finished above them last season, which for us was a big achievement, and now we want to do that again."

Arsenal announced on Tuesday that striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the captaincy and will not be considered for selection for a second match running.

It comes after the Gabon international returned late from a trip abroad last week.

"We have made this decision based on certain moments where he has not fulfilled his duties, and that's it," Arteta said.

"That expectation and commitment that we need from every player, that's at a different level. That's why we were forced to make that decision."

Arsenal - Alexandre Lacazette

There is added pressure on Lacazette to lead the line in the absence of Aubameyang, which he did to good effect against Southampton with a goal.

The Frenchman has scored five Premier League goals against West Ham - against no side does he have a better record in the competition - netting in his last three appearances against them.

West Ham - Michail Antonio

Antonio started the campaign in blistering form, but the versatile attacker has since failed to find the net and assisted just one goal in his last five appearances.

However, the Jamaica international has been directly involved in 11 goals in his last 11 London derbies in the Premier League, scoring five times and assisting six more.

- Arsenal have won 10 of their last 11 home league games against West Ham, losing the other 2-0 in August 2015.

- After winning three Premier League games in a row against Arsenal between February 2006 and April 2007, West Ham have won just two of their last 26 against the Gunners in the competition (D5 L19).

- The Gunners have lost just one of their 22 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium played on a Wednesday (W14 D7), going down 2-1 against Swansea City in March 2016. Before this, they had also won 12 of their last 14 Wednesday league games at Highbury (D1 L1), though that one defeat was against West Ham in February 2006.

- Between January 29, 2019 and July 8, 2020, West Ham lost nine of their 11 midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Premier League games (W2). Since then, the Hammers are unbeaten in eight such games in the competition (W4 D4).

- This will be West Ham boss David Moyes' 600th Premier League game as a manager (currently W236 D161 L202), only the fourth manager to reach the milestone in the competition after Arsene Wenger, Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp.

Updated December 14, 2021

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