Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Arsenal host West Ham at the Emirates on Sunday, with the Gunners in danger of dropping out of the Premier League’s top six. The visitors meanwhile are still a few points short of safety, although they now have a seven-point cushion to the relegation zone.
The teams played out a goalless draw in their first meeting of the season, while Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of the game in a League Cup clash less than a week later. The Gunners are unbeaten in five against the Hammers, and won last season’s fixture at the Emirates 3-0.
Aaron Ramsey should be fit to play after suffering a cut in Arsenal’s Europa League game at CSKA Moscow last week. Henrikh Mkhitaryan injured his knee in the first leg of that tie and misses out, with Santi Cazorla the only other absentee for Arsene Wenger’s side.
Visiting boss David Moyes could have five players missing for the trip across London, although James Collins could return after a hamstring strain. However, Michail Antonio, Winston Reid, Pedro Obiang and Sam Byram are all for the rest of the season.
Arsenal v West Ham Preview and Predictions
With Arsenal’s Premier League campaign lurching from one poor result to another, attention has certainly turned to the Europa League. West Ham’s season has hardly been plain sailing, but they at least look to have avoided the disaster of relegation to the Championship.
Despite taking the lead at Newcastle last weekend, the Gunners succumbed to their 11th defeat of a disappointing campaign. With seventh-placed Burnley just two points behind them, the European semi-final against Atletico Madrid is all or nothing when it comes to next season’s Champions League - and the chance to get their hands on some silverware.
With that in mind, Wenger is expected to make some changes for this game, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to start as he’s cup-tied in Europe. Arsenal should have enough to see off West Ham on Sunday, and they’re priced at 4/7 for the win.
The Hammers are available as long as 21/4, as they go in search of a second win at the Emirates in three. Andy Carroll rescued David Moyes’ side from defeat in the last minute of their game against relegation rivals Stoke on Monday night, which was a huge goal both for their survival prospects and morale. If you think they’ll take another point from the Emirates, you can back them at odds of 15/4.
Arsenal to win 3-0 at 12/1
Bet on Arsenal to record a second straight 3-0 league victory over the Hammers at the Emirates. The odds rise to 28/1 with Aubameyang as the first scorer.
Carroll to score last at 17/2
If he’s used off the bench again on Sunday, former England international Carroll will pose a different kind of threat to the hosts.