It’s a battle of north vs east in this London derby as Arsenal welcome West Ham United to the Emirates (8pm UK time) for a premier league clash that could see the Gunners leapfrog the Hammers to fourth place on the premier league log.
Sixth placed Arsenal would be hoping to get back to back premier league wins after beating Southampton last weekend and West Ham would be hoping to do better than their disappointing goalless draw away at Burnley the last time out and they can’t afford to lose this one with just two points separating them from their opponents heading into tonight’s game.
Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns heading into this one but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was recently stripped of the club’s captaincy won’t be available for selection for the second game in a row.
With the likes of Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna already out injured, West Ham boss David Moyes admitted that there could be more injuries in his squad due to the recent fixture congestion but there is positive news for the East Londoners as left-back Aaron Cresswell could make a return to action after stepping up his recovery from a back injury.
Arsenal Predicted xi: Ramsdale; Tierney, Gabriel White, Tomiyasu; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Ødegaard, Smith Rowe; Lacazette
West Ham Predicted xi: Fabianski; Masuaku, Diop, Dawson, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Benrahma, Lanzini, Bowen; Antonio
Arsenal were outstanding in their 3-0 win over Southampton last Saturday but that was just their second win in five games as they’ve lost thrice in this period.
West Ham are also not in their best run of form. They have recorded one win in their last five games and that came at home to Chelsea about 11 days ago. Apart from that solitary victory, the Hammers have lost twice and drawn twice in their last five.
Head to Head:
Arsenal have had so much joy in this fixture. In 50 premier league meetings, we’ve witnessed 10 draws and the Gunners have beaten the Hammers 32 times with the latter recording just eight wins.
Arsenal also have the upper hand in their recent encounters. In the last three meetings, Arsenal have beaten West Ham twice while drawing once.
Arsenal are full of confidence heading into this home game and I don’t see how West Ham can match that as the festive period seems to have already taken its toll on their not so deep squad. As seen in their last game against Burnley, the level of performance from David Moyes’ charges have dropped.
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham