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Arsenal vs West Ham prediction: Arsenal 2-1 West Ham
Arsenal are aiming to win three consecutive Premier League matches in the same campaign for the first time since February 2019. They must win the match if they are to have any hope of qualifying for Europe next season.
Mikel Arteta’s side are unbeaten in 10 domestic matches. Last Thursday’s shock home defeat to Olympiakos remains the only blip on the Gunners’ 2020 record.
West Ham climbed out of the relegation zone as their eight-match losing streak came to an end last time out.
Arsenal vs West Ham: Who will win?
West Ham have lost their last five away matches in the Premier League. Arsenal are clear 8/15 favourites to win the match while a West Ham win is priced at 5/1. The draw can be backed at 10/3.
The Hammers did manage to score two at Anfield in their last away match. Bet on over 2.5 goals in the match at 4/7.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be raring to go after being rested in the FA Cup. Aubameyang is 5/2 to open the scoring and 8/13 to score anytime.
Arsenal vs West Ham Premier League match preview
Arsenal host London rivals West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday.
Arsenal progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup following a 2-0 away win at Portsmouth on Monday night. Sokratis Papastathopoulos got on the end of Reiss Nelson’s cross to give Arsenal the lead on the stroke of half time. Eddie Nketiah doubled their advantage shortly after the restart.
Arsenal will face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the next round.
Arsenal were not in Premier League action last weekend. Their match against Manchester City was postponed due to City’s involvement in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final. Consequently, Arsenal are eight points off of a top-four spot, and five off Manchester United in fifth.
Arsenal’s last match at the Emirates ended in heartbreak as they were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiakos on away goals.
West Ham were not in midweek FA Cup action, having been knocked out by West Brom in Round 4.
David Moyes’ side moved up to 16th with a 3-1 win at home to Southampton last weekend. Jarrod Bowen put West Ham in front with his first Premier League goal. Michael Obafemi equalised for the Saints 15 minutes later but Sebastien Haller had West Ham back ahead before half-time. Michail Antonio scored in the second period to secure the win.
West Ham are tied on 27 points with Watford and Bournemouth but ahead of them on goal difference. After Saturday, West Ham’s next three matches are against Wolves, Spurs and Chelsea.
Arsenal’s home form this season ranks 7th in the Premier League, with six wins, five draws and three defeats from their 14 matches at the Emirates. West Ham have won just three of their 14 league games on the road – only Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich have won fewer matches on the road.
History favours Arsenal in this one. The Gunners have won 30 and drawn nine of their 47 Premier League games against West Ham. Arsenal have won nine of their last 10 home matches against the Hammers in all competitions.
Arsenal were 3-1 winners at the London Stadium in the reverse fixture in December. Angelo Ogbonna gave West Ham a half-time lead but three second-half Arsenal goals in the space of nine minutes turned the game on its head. Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were the goalscorers for interim coach Freddie Ljungberg’s side.
Arsenal team news vs West Ham
Mikel Arteta made wholesale changes for Monday night’s FA Cup tie at Portsmouth. Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah all started, as did backup goalkeeper Emi Martinez. Pablo Mari helped to keep a clean sheet on his full debut and is in contention to feature on Saturday.
Lucas Torreira could miss the remainder of the season after being stretchered off at Fratton Park. Arsenal confirmed that the Uruguayan suffered a fracture to his right ankle.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil were rested from the squad entirely and should return to the starting eleven.
Sead Kolasinac will be out until at least April due to a “significant” shoulder injury picked up in last month’s win over Everton.
Bukayo Saka is expected to continue at left-back as Kieran Tierney steps up his recovering from a shoulder injury.
Eddie Nketiah has scored three goals in his last five appearances and could keep his place up front. He’ll face competition from Alexandre Lacazette who has two goals in his last three appearances.
January signing Cedric Soares is yet to make his debut for the club and remains sidelined with a knee injury. The right-back is close to returning to training.
Calum Chambers is a long-term injury absentee.
West Ham team news vs Arsenal
David Moyes will be hesitant to make any changes to the side which beat Southampton last weekend, so Robert Snodgrass and Felipe Anderson may have to settle for a place on the bench once again.
If Moyes does decide to make a change, Pablo Fornals seems most likely to make way. Jarrod Bowen should keep his place out wide after scoring his first goal for the club since his January move.
Teenage defender Jeremy Ngakia looks to be the Hammers’ first-choice right-back at the moment.
Ryan Fredericks has a shoulder injury while Tomas Soucek and Andriy Yarmolenko be sidelined for a couple more weeks.
Jack Wilshere is also injured and won’t feature against his boyhood club, but Lukasz Fabianski will start in goal against his former employers.
Arsenal predicted line-up vs West Ham
West Ham predicted line-up vs Arsenal
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