Arsenal have not lost a game to West Ham at the Emirates Stadium since August 2015, so the Hammers will have their work cut out here, the much-needed victory they recorded last weekend notwithstanding.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 7th, March
Kick-off: 16: 00pm
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Arsenal responded to crashing out of the Europa League to Olympiacos with a convincing 2-0 win over Portsmouth in the FA on Monday, and will now turn their sights to edging further up the table.
The Gunners are now the only team yet to taste defeat in the Premier League this year and the 3-2 victory over Everton last weekend marked successive league victories, the first they have managed since the opening two games of the campaign.
They have a chance of provisionally moving within two points of Manchester United in fifth with a win here, and have won nine of the last ten home games against their opponents.
West Ham moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference following a fine 3-1 win over Southampton last weekend, with Jarod Bowen, Sebastien Haller and Michail Antonio all getting on the scoresheet.
With Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea lying in wait in their next three successive outings, David Moyes’s team will need to put up with an impressive run of results to do their chances of staying up any good.
The reverse fixture saw Arsenal emerge 3-1 victors and then starting as betting favourites yet, will we get to see West Ham exploit any weaknesses and provide value in the betting?
Lucas Torreira could be in for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following his fracture versus Pompey last time out.
He joins Kieran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac, Cédric Soares and Callum Chambers in the treatment room.
Moyes will not count on the services of Tomas Soucek, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Ryan Fredericks.
Head to Head
In 141 competitive meetings in their history, Arsenal have won 66 to West Ham’s 35. 40 games have been drawn.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games.
West Ham have lost their last five away league matches.
West Ham have conceded at least twice in their last three away league games.
Arsenal bounced back to winning ways earlier this week, following their first loss (albeit in extra time) in the Europa League this year. They have won each of their last two league games Arsenal’s last five league games (DDDWW)
West Ham registered their first win in over eight competitive games last time out, an important one which they will be keen to build on. West Ham’s last five league games (LDLLW)
I will expect Arsenal to maintain their impressive domestic form with another routine win (4/7) here. Mikel Arteta’s management of his depleted squad has been applaudable, and you reckon it should continue that way in games such like this.
However, Both Teams To Score (4/6) is another market likely to suffice here. Both sides have some eye-catching goal getters upfront and this is a game which should see an open, attacking approach to proceedings.