Arsenal welcome West Ham United to the Emirates Stadium for a Premier League London derby in the first live Super Sunday match.
Following Friday’s announcement that Arsene Wenger will leave the Emirates Stadium next month, this game is massive for Arsenal because we will see whether this lifts the players or make them down tools.
West Ham meanwhile know that a win here will move them closer towards safety.
Aaron Ramsey could return for Arsenal after recovering from a calf injury.
Jack Wilshire however could miss out after failing to recover sufficiently from an ankle knock.
Armenia’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ruled out for another week with a knee injury.
Spain’s Santi Cazorla is currently aboard having rehab and there is no return date available for his return.
West Ham manager, David Moyes could bench Joe Hart after questionable performances, with Adrian coming in between the sticks.
Pedro Obiang could be included in the squad despite being ruled out for rest of season with a knee injury.
Defender, Angelo Ogbonna is a doubt after picking up tendinitis in his knee.
James Collins is still not ready to come back from a thigh injury.
Sam Byram (ankle), Winston Reid (knee) and Michail Antonio (thigh) are all ruled out of this match.
Arsenal’s three match unbeaten run ended last weekend when they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United, despite taking the lead.
At home however, they have won their last three league matches 9-2 on aggregate, with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang scoring four goals across those three games.
West Ham have been unbeaten since returning from the international break despite drawing their last two games 1-1.
Away from London Stadium, the Hammers are however still looking for their first win since mid January at Huddersfield Town.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in last five meetings (W3 D2).
- In 16 Premier League meetings this decade at Arsenal, West Ham has won just three trips (D1 L12).
- West Ham haven’t scored in last three meetings, having scored in previous three clashes.
- Summer signings for both clubs, Alexandre Lacazette and Marko Arnautovic have scored 20 goals between them this season (Lacazette – 11, Arnautovic – 9).
- West Ham have the second lowest total number of shots this season on 320. Only Swansea City have fared worse with 274 shots.
Where can game be won or lost?
|Per Game Average||Arsenal (home)||West Ham United (away)|
|Shots on Target||7.65||3.65|
|Goals per First Half %||46.7||42.9|
|Goals per Second Half %||53.3||57.1|
This match looks like it could be a competitive clash for a few reasons.
Arsenal will dominate attack but both teams are evenly matched when it comes to committing fouls.
That feeds into discipline because the Hammers definitely are likely to pick up a few yellow cards. They could definitely lose this game if one player picks up a yellow card too many and they already have seen red twice on the road.
If we get a goal before half time, I reckon it will be key to the result because both teams step it up after the break.
The first half will be key here and following reports that Arsenal players were devastated after Wenger announced his exit, they need to channel those emotions correctly if are going to win here.
I am going to say a home win purely because this is Wenger’s last ever London derby, assuming he isn’t snapped up by Chelsea in summer and stage is set for a classic Arsenal performance.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United
Jake predicts: Arsenal 3-0 West Ham United
Result: Arsenal 4-1 West Ham United