Arsenal and West Ham had differing opening days to the Premier League season. The Gunners claimed an impressive 3-0 win versus Fulham at Craven Cottage. The club followed up the big win by announcing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new contract, keeping him at the club past the end of this season.
West Ham did not have a great opening day. They fell 2-0 at home to Newcastle United. All is not well at West Ham and David Moyes’ team seems to go from one disaster to another. The Hammers did get a midweek Carabao Cup win over Charlton Athletic, 3-0. The goals were scored by Sebastien Haller (twice) and Felipe Anderson. Both are players in Moyes’ doghouse, and Anderson was even offered on loan to Arsenal.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta could be without a total of eight players for the clash at the Emirates. According to the latest reports, injuries may prevent Arteta from picking his best XI. Arsenal’s performance on matchday 1 should spark fans hopes of a top-four finish. If Arteta is limited on the players he can choose from, then it could hurt Arsenal’s chances of staying perfect.
West Ham have won just twice in their last 12 meetings with Arsenal. Can Moyes’ team claim a victory this weekend or will they slump to a second defeat?
Arsenal claimed two wins against West Ham last season in the league. Their game at the London Stadium ended in a 3-1 win for the Gunners. West Ham’s Angelo Ogbonna tallied a first-half goal but the Hammers conceded three times from there. Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Aubameyang all scored goals.
The team’s second match, which took place at the Emirates, ended in a win for the Gunners. Arsenal claimed a 1-0 win thanks to a 78th-minute goal from Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal have won five consecutive games against West Ham at the Emirates in all competitions. Three of those five games finished in wins to nil for the Gunners.
Arsenal scored three goals on opening day and were on target with their expected goals total of 2.16. West Ham’s expected goals figure this season is 0.86. With Arsenal keeping three clean sheets in five straight games at the Emirates, they could once again keep the Hammers out of goal.
On matchday 1, Arsenal kept 53.3% of the game’s possession versus Fulham. West Ham kept 55.1% possession versus Newcastle United. The Hammers should spend much of the time this weekend chasing the ball and defending.
Arteta has eight players fighting to be fit for the game or ruled out already. Midfielder Granit Xhaka suffered a knock to his ankle against Fulham. He is likely to feature against West Ham in spite of the issue. Centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos could return to the team this weekend. He is recovering from a calf strain. Xhaka and Sokratis are the positive injury notes for Arteta.
The manager is without six players who are currently ruled out of the game. Skhodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Emile Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli, and Calum Chambers are all ruled out of the game through their respective injuries.
Moyes has just one player on the injured list. Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could miss the match due to an ankle/foot injury. Moyes has a big decision to make in regards to Haller and Anderson. He is likely to keep Anderson on the bench for the game. Anderson came off the bench versus Newcastle United. In spite of scoring versus Charlton Athletic in midweek, Moyes didn’t seem thrilled with the Brazilian.
Fans are crying out for Moyes to play Michail Antonio and Haller together in the team’s attack. It is something Moyes seems reluctant to do as he forces the team to play with one striker.
Arsenal to win to nil - BET NOW
Arsenal won 3-0 versus Fulham on matchday 1, showing they can score goals and prevent them. West Ham proved they can concede goals and not score them against Newcastle United at home. Although they won to nil in midweek versus Charlton Athletic, the win came against a lower league team. Arsenal will be a difficult side to break down and West Ham should struggle from the off. Three of Arsenal’s last five wins at the Emirates against West Ham were wins to nil.
Over 2.5 goals scored - BET NOW
Six of the last 10 games between Arsenal and West Ham ended with over 2.5 goals scored. The Gunners put three goals past West Ham at the London Stadium last term and could do it again at home this season. Arsenal are going to be a difficult team to defeat and should fight for a top-four finish. A strong attack was shown against Fulham and it should rack up the goals against West Ham.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime - BET NOW
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a goal and added an assist against West Ham last term. The striker is coming off of announcing a new contract at the club and could have another big goalscoring weekend versus West Ham. The Gabon international started the season well with a goal versus Fulham and looked likely to score a second throughout the game.
Aubameyang scored 22 goals in 36 appearances last season. He averaged a goal every 142.7 Premier League minutes. Aubameyang smashed his 2019-20 expected goals total of 16.35. He averaged 2.66 shots per 90 minutes last season and should be around that figure this season.
Arsenal were brilliant against Fulham and should continue that form against a woeful West Ham. The Gunners have played twice this term already. They drew 1-1 with Liverpool in the Community Shield before claiming the win on penalties. A win on Saturday versus West Ham will push the Gunners to three game without defeat this term. Can they push for a title this term? They will be difficult to defeat.
Arsenal vs West Ham will be played at the Emirates Stadium in London.
Arsenal vs West Ham kicks-off at 20:00 on Saturday 19 September.