Arsenal will look to reignite their top four charge today as they take on London rivals West Ham.

Unai Emery is boosted by the return of six first team players with Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi both starting.

But there is no sign of Mesut Ozil, who was left out despite returning to training this week.

The Hammers, meanwhile, were rocked by the news that star man Marko Arnautovic wants to quit the club for a big-money move to China.

Who will come out on top at the London Stadium this lunchtime? Find out here and follow all the action as it happens.

Teams

West Ham: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Nasri, Antonio, Anderson, Arnautovic

Arsenal: Leno, Mustafi, Koscielny, Sokratis; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

66 minsminute by minute

Arsenal yet to have a shot on target in the second half, and have still not had one since the 13th minute.

64 minsminute by minute

OVER! Aubameyang has his second opportunity in as many minutes, as he races onto a throughball to get through on goal. But just as he is about to pull the trigger, Cresswell dives in, limiting the angle and forcing Arsenal’s top scorer to hammer over the bar.

62 minsminute by minute

Brilliant play by Maitland-Niles, who gets the better of Felipe Anderson down the right and squares it to Ramsey, who creates a yard of space before lifting a cross to the far post. Aubameyang is there to meet it, but cannot keep his header down.

60 minsminute by minute

The change in shape for Arsenal will leave their full-backs more exposed, however, and Kolasinac will now have to tread a fine line, with the former Schalke man having just received a booking for a late lunge on Antonio.

59 minsminute by minute

Well, no time wasted from Emery. He is making a double change, and the first Arsenal substitution sees Xhaka make way for Torreira.

59 minsminute by minute

The second change sees Mustafi replaced by Ramsey, so there will indeed be a change in shape, likely to a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 system.

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One happy Rice

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57 minsminute by minute

Felipe Anderson turns on the style with a sublime run in from the right, taking on several Arsenal defenders before trying to flick the ball into Nasri, although he doesn’t generate enough power on his attempt and has to instead go back out wide, winning a corner. The home crowd have enjoyed the Brazilian’s performance so far.

56 minsminute by minute

Rice, aged 19 years and 363 days, is the first teenager to score in the Premier League for West Ham since Junior Stanislas in November 2009. The midfielder has given himself a wonderful early birthday present with that goal.

55 minsminute by minute

Guendouzi finds space 20 yards out, and elects to try his luck with a low strike, but the youngster drags his effort across goal, and Fabianski will collect the ball for a goal-kick.

54 minsminute by minute

Emery may now switch shape as he looks to get Arsenal back into the game. The Gunners have plenty of quality on the bench, not least Ramsey, who has been in fine form when uses as a substitute this term, while Torreira would add some guile and craft into midfield.

52 minsminute by minute

Rice’s strike was his first Premier League goal, in what is his 42nd match in the competition. Meanwhile, it was a first top-flight assist for Nasri since he teed up a Manchester City goal against Chelsea in April 2016.

50 minsminute by minute

Arsenal look to respond quickly, Lacazette driving into the area before drilling a cross towards Aubameyang. It takes a deflection, and Fabianski has to react sharply to prevent the ball trickling into the bottom corner.

48 minsminute by minute

GOAL! West Ham take the lead thanks to Rice! He missed a gilt-edged chance on the stroke of half-time, but the youngster now has his first Hammers goal, having hammered home into the corner from the centre of the box.

48 minsminute by minute

Rice’s first-time finish was precise, but Nasri must take credit for his quick-thinking. He has shined for West Ham so far, and after Arsenal failed to clear from Felipe Anderson’s cross, the Frenchman reacted sharply to tee up his team-mate.

46 minsminute by minute

Straight away, West Ham are on the front foot, with Felipe Anderson drawing a clumsy foul from Mustafi, who picks up the game’s first yellow card.

46 minsminute by minute

No changes for either side at the break, although there has been a switch between the officials. Stuart Attwell was fourth official in the first half, but linesman Andy Halliday has now taken that role, having felt unwell, meaning Attwell will run the line.

46 minsminute by minute

We are back up and running or the second half at London Stadium!

Emery has suddenly made a major change to Arsenal’s training regime

Unai Emery has adapted his training sessions at Arsenal to protect his Gunners stars from becoming burnt out.

The Spaniard is known for his intense training regime, and shook things up post Arsene Wenger when arriving at the Emirates at the start of the season.

The Gunners players reacted well to Emery’s sessions, and the former Paris-Saint Germain boss has made a very encouraging start in north London.

But Emery is keen to ensure his players don’t run out of steam going into the second half of the campaign. And when asked if he would make changes to his training schedule, Emery said: “We are doing that.”

Full story here.

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Both managers will be demanding more cutting edged from their respective sides after the interval. While Arsenal will look for Aubameyang and Iwobi to get more involved, West Ham will aim to keep Nasri – who has looked bright – at the centre of their play.

Both teams can be fairly satisfied with their efforts in the first half, but the quality in the final third has been lacking. Lacazette has looked Arsenal’s sharpest player, although West Ham could have been ahead had Rice done better with his header just moments before the interval.

45+1 minsminute by minute

HALF-TIME: WEST HAM 0-0 ARSENAL.

45 minsminute by minute

CHANCE! Right at the end of the half, that should really have been 1-0 to West Ham! Felipe Anderson drills in a brilliant corner, which the unmarked Rice meets, but the teenager heads wide from six yards out.

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43 minsminute by minute

There has not been a shot on target from either side since Lacazette’s attempt in the 13th minute – West Ham’s one and only shot on target came back in the sixth minute.

A close encounter so far…

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41 minsminute by minute

High and wide from Antonio, who has switched back to the right following a short spell on the opposite flank. Noble’s pass sets Zabaleta away, and the veteran finds Antonio, who cuts in onto his left foot, only to send an effort into the crowd.

39 minsminute by minute

A stoppage in play now, as Guendouzi has to receive treatment for what looks to be a shoulder injury, which he seemed to sustain in a challenge with Arnautovic. It looks like the youngster will be able to carry on, though.

37 minsminute by minute

Arsenal are looking to win three consecutive Premier League London derbies for the first time since March 2015, the third win of which came against West Ham.

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