London Stadium - Premier League
Both West Ham and Arsenal ensured safe passage into the fourth round of the FA Cup at the weekend, but now it’s back to Premier League duties on Saturday. The Gunners have had the measure over the Hammers for a number of years, so can the home team buck the trend at the London Stadium?
Arsenal have won five of the last six meetings between these sides, with last season’s goalless draw at the London Stadium the only time they failed to beat West Ham. The Hammers last tasted victory over Arsenal in August 2015, which is the only time they’ve beaten the Gunners in their last 18 meetings.
Marko Arnautovic should be fit after he was subbed off after 20 minutes of West Ham’s FA Cup victory over Birmingham on Saturday. Javier Hernandez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini are all set to miss out though, along with Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid.
Unai Emery’s defensive problems could ease a little this weekend, although Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny are all doubts, while Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding are definitely out. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck are both injured.
West Ham United v Arsenal Preview and Predictions
Both of these teams rang the changes in the cup at the weekend, so they should be fresh for this Saturday lunchtime encounter. It’s a kick-off slot that often disappoints, but there’s been plenty of goals in this fixture down the years, with 24 in their last six Premier League meetings.
Arsenal have scored 18 of those, and they start as the even money favourites this weekend. The Gunners breezed to a 3-0 win at Blackpool on Saturday, fielding a youthful second string with Joe Willock scoring a brace. The big guns will return here though, as Arsenal look for their third straight victory after their disappointing 5-1 defeat against Liverpool.
West Ham meanwhile have failed to win either of their last two league matches, although they cam from two goals down to claim a point at home to Brighton last week. The Hammers toiled for long periods against Birmingham in the cup after Arnautovic’s early opener, but Andy Carroll scored a second in injury time to brighten things up - his first goal since April.
The home team are 13/5 for the win here, but that looks a stretch considering they’ve only beaten Arsenal once since 2007. With that in mind, a draw would be a positive result for the Irons, and it’s priced at 29/10.
Arsenal to win and BTTS at 12/5
The Gunners have a wonderful record against West Ham, but they have issues at the back so it’d be a surprise if they keep a clean sheet.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score first at 15/4
The Gunners striker is leading the way in the Premier League scoring charts, alongside Harry Kane, and his pace will be a threat from the first minute.