The East London Football Podcast: West Ham welcome Arsenal; Dagenham & Redbridge head down to Dover; Orient off duty
20:17 01 December 2016
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Archant’s Dave Evans, Lee Power and George Sessions discuss the latest topics affecting our clubs
West Ham welcome Arsenal to the London Stadium for their next Premier League test this weekend, with both clubs smarting from EFL Cup exits in midweek.
The Hammers – and Archant’s West Ham correspondent Dave Evans – travelled to Old Trafford twice in the space of four days, but after a dogged 1-1 draw in the league on Sunday, they saw their Wembley dreams shattered by a 4-1 defeat on Wednesday.
The Gunners, meanwhile, made 10 changes to the side that had beaten Bournemouth at the Emirates at the weekend for the visit of Southampton and suffered a 2-0 loss, their first reverse since the opening day of the season which ended a 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Slaven Bilic’s men took four points from a possible six against Arsene Wenger’s squad last season, memorably winning 2-0 in north London on the first day of the season, before Andy Carroll’s hat-trick helped secure a 3-3 draw at Upton Park in April.
But who earns the bragging rights this time will not be known until around 7.20pm on Saturday evening.
Leyton Orient have a free weekend, having already been knocked out of the FA Cup, but George Sessions considers the change of management and the start of the Andy Edwards era at Doncaster.
Dagenham & Redbridge have dropped out of the play-off places in the National League after back-to-back home defeats against Barrow and Torquay and head to in-form Dover Athletic.
Lee Power considers the form of his home-town club in the absence of the holidaying Ned Keating in the latest our new regular podcasts, presented by Archant London’s executive digital editor Matt Withers.