Season’s Greetings to all gunners worldwide.
It should be a good game for the Arsenal on Wednesday night when they face London outfit West- Ham at the Emirates Stadium.
In their last game, Arsenal defeated Southampton 3-0 over the weekend after two back-to-back losses to record their first win in December, while David Moyes’s side had a goalless game at Burnley.
It almost seemed like the woes at Arsenal were going to continue after a loss at Manchester United and also a loss to Everton at the start of December, and at the game against Southampton, it almost felt like the visitors would take the three points until a fine finish by Alexandre Lacazette opened to game for Mikel Arteta’s side.
For the third time in a row in the Premier League, Martin Odegaard scored the second goal to push the gunners 2-0 up before halftime before the rock at the back four Gabriel Magalhaes added the third goal a fine evening for the North London side.
That game may be a much-needed win for Arsenal as that eased the tension in the camp, and the result saw them move back up to 6th position above London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Still, they can’t afford to lose this match against West-Ham as they are only one point above the Lilywhites.
Two points separate the Gunners and David Moyes’s side, sitting in 4th place before this battle. However, if the match between Manchester United and Brentford gets postponed because of COVID-19, then a win for Arsenal can push them into the top four, and to surprisingly add to the list, Arsenal has been the joint best home performers this season alongside Manchester-City winning all of their last four games without conceding once, ah!.
Relegation candidate “Burnley” surprisingly held West-Ham to a goalless draw at the Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon, a game which could be a saving grace for Sean Dyche’s men, but that hasn’t removed the bite off David Moyes’s men who also suffered a loss to Dinamo Zagreb at the Europa League, winning just one out of their last five games in the top flight, but are still one point clear of Manchester United and sitting in the fourth position in the Premier League.
In his last 17 games away from home as a manager and playing against Arsenal, David Moyes has never had a win, and the Hammers have been defeated 10 times in their last 11 trips to the Emirates.
ARSENAL: W L W L L W
WEST-HAM: W L L D W D
It has been announced that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been removed or stripped as the club captain due to some disciplinary breach and will also not feature in the midweek match. This could mean Lacazette will keep his moment and start. Emile-Smith Rowe, should return to the starting lineup after a groin injury.
Bernd Leno and Sead Kolasinac are the only Arsenal players who are injured.
Aaron Cresswell is expected to return from a back injury for Moyes’s side. But, unfortunately, Ben Johnson, Kurt Zouma, Ryan Fredericks, and Angelo Ogbonna are still injured.
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, Gabriel, White, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey, Saka Odegaard; Smith Rowe, Lacazette.
Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Masuaku, Diop; Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Fornals; Benrahma, Antonio.
Both teams tend to go over 1.5 in their matches and also to score goals
Definitely, we could expect goals on both sides, but for the win? We say Arsenal 2-1 West-Ham.
Match Preview by Adeyemo Sola