Arsenal-West Ham United Preview
By TOM BENNETT
STATS European Football Writer
(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - West Ham will be looking to secure their second London derby win in a week when they welcome Arsenal to Upton Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Hammers beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 on Monday to continue their excellent start to the season, but are wary of the threat of an Arsenal side two points below them in the league.
"It is not time to rest," said midfielder Matt Jarvis, who scored his first goal since joining the club against QPR. "We have had a very good start so far but we have some very tough games ahead of us, not least when we play Arsenal at home on Saturday.
"There are no easy games in this division. We now need to recover from the game at Loftus Road and then prepare for a battle at home on Saturday. We look like we could give anyone a game at the moment. We are the home side and I am sure the fans will give us their full support throughout the course of the match. We will have to work extremely hard to make sure we get something out of the game but if we do that there is no reason why we can't come away with a positive result."
Arsenal beat Olympiakos 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday, with under pressure striker Olivier Giroud setting up the first goal for Aaron Ramsey. The Frenchman's flicked header put the chance on a plate for Ramsey, and he told Arsenal supporters he is confident of getting on the score-sheet himself in the coming weeks.
"I'm not worried, I am confident," said Giroud. "I am not worried about the pressure. I want to play. It's like when you score one: you take confidence and more trust. You need to score, but I'm not worried about that. I feel good in this team, and I assisted. It's okay - I will continue to work harder and to score and to give a lot of pleasure to our fans.
"It's quite difficult to adapt to the Premier League. I'm always close to scoring, so I continue to stay confident. I try all I can but sometimes you need to keep the faith and keep going. Sometimes when you are a striker it is difficult. I feel very, very good in this city and with my team-mates and the people who work in this club, a very big club. I want to mature here and keep going."
West Ham have doubts over Joey O'Brien (knock), Winston Reid (concussion), Matthew Taylor (knock) and Jack Collison (knee). Arsenal are without Abou Diaby (thigh), Tomas Rosicky (calf), Lukas Fabianski (shoulder) and Wojciech Szczesny (ankle), while Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere are unlikely to feature.
Arsenal have won the last four meetings with West Ham in all competitions and haven't lost to the Hammers in nine. The Gunners have conceded just two goals in their last eight league games against West Ham, with both of those goals coming in a 2-2 draw in 2009. Sam Allardyce's side are unbeaten in four games and targeting their first five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League since April 2009.
Updated October 4, 2012