West Ham vs Arsenal prediction: West Ham 2-1 Arsenal
Two struggling London clubs clash at the London Stadium.
Arsenal have recently sacked their manager but that has certainly not changed their fortunes.
West Ham meanwhile could be the next club to make a managerial change as their woes continues.
Who will claim a rare win in Stratford?
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West Ham United vs Arsenal: Who will win?
Despite having home advantage, West Ham are underdogs to win this one at 23/10.
Arsenal meanwhile are evens to end their away day hoodoo.
A draw, which doesn’t really suit anybody, is 29/10.
Over 2.5 goals is 4/9.
Both teams to score is 4/11.
Arsenal to win and both teams to score is 15/8.
West Ham to win and both teams to score is 7/2.
Sébastien Haller will lead the line for the home side. He is 11/2 to score first and 7/4 to net anytime.
Michail Antonio will also be a threat. He is 6/1 to break the deadlock and 15/8 to score in 90 minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang meanwhile has scored 88% of Arsenal’s away goals this season. The Gabonese striker is 11/4 to open the scoring and 3/4 to score anytime.
Nicolas Pépé is yet to score for the Gunners away from home. The Côte d’Ivoire international is 15/2 to score first and 12/5 to end that wait.
Both Antonio and Haller to score is 17/2.
Both Declan Rice and Robert Snodgrass to score is 66/1.
Both Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang to score is 5/2.
Both Joe Willock and Mesut Özil to score is 40/1.
West Ham United vs Arsenal: Match preview
West Ham’s woes continue.
On Wednesday night, they were simply outclassed in a 2-0 defeat at Molineux by Wolves.
That was particularly disappointing given that they won 1-0 at Chelsea the weekend before; Aaron Cresswell with the winner in that one.
Overall, that is their only win in nine Premier League matches, form which leaves them 15th, only two points above the relegation zone.
This leaves Manuel Pellegrini under pressure and, had the Chelsea game gone the other way, he might not still be in charge.
Another statement win could help his side turn this around.
The Hammers beat Arsenal at the London Stadium last season and will fancy their chances of repeating that here.
A rare away win for Arsenal?
The Gunners meanwhile make the short 4.8 mile trip east in absolutely horrific form.
Last weekend, in Freddie Ljungberg’s first game in caretaker charge, they drew 2-2 with Norwich at Carrow Road; coming from behind twice.
Not a brilliant result but not a disaster.
Although, catastrophe was just around the corner.
On Thursday night, Arsenal were absolutely shambolic, losing 2-1 at home to Brighton thanks to two very soft goals.
A new low.
There are numerous statistics that highlight just how bad they are right now.
The mid-week defeat means they are now winless in nine games in all competition for the first time since March 1977.
Defensively, they continue to be a shambles too.
The Gunners have conceded the first goal in Premier League matches nine times already this season, only Norwich have done so more.
Also, they’ve faced 52 shots on target in eight home league games this season.
To put that in some context, that is more than they did at Highbury in the entirety of their last title winning campaign of 2003/04.
All of this means they go into this game in the bottom half of the table following the weekend’s fixtures.
They’ve only won four Premier League matches so far, the most recent of which was 64 days ago.
Will they get their first league away win since the opening day at Newcastle?
West Ham United team news vs Arsenal
It’ll be interesting to see what side Manuel Pellegrini puts out after a fantastic performance followed by a lifeless one.
David Martin will continue to deputise for former Gunner Łukasz Fabiański in goal, instead of the hopeless Roberto.
Aged 33 years and 312 days, Martin was the second oldest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet on his Premier League debut last weekend at Chelsea.
In defence, Issa Diop is back from suspension so will come in for Fabián Balbuena to partner Angelo Ogbonna.
At full-back, Ryan Fredericks and Aaron Cresswell are likely to keep their places over Pablo Zabaleta and Arthur Masuaku respectively.
Declan Rice, captain Mark Noble and Robert Snodgrass will continue as the midfield trio with Pablo Fornals left out.
Out-wide, they have options.
With Arsenal struggling, they are likely to go for it.
Michail Antonio missed the Wolves defeat through injury but should be back for this one.
In the build-up to this game, Antonio said: “I played 75 minutes last Saturday, which was the most I played all season, so coming back from three months out injured it was just a bit too much. I felt a little tweak in my groin, but it’s feeling good now and hopefully I’ll be ready for Monday.”
Felipe Anderson will get the nod on the other side with Andriy Yarmolenko left out.
Sébastien Haller will lead the line.
This would be the ideal time for the 190 cm (6 ft 3 in) centre-forward to impose himself on the Premier League.
Will the Hammers leave happy following a win?
Arsenal team news vs West Ham United
As for Arsenal, what on earth does Freddie Ljungberg do?
Surely something has to change.
One of the very few Arsenal player who has performed this season is goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The German international goalkeeper has made the most saves in the Premier League this season with 66.
That number is likely to rise here too.
In defence, he could finally name the back four all Arsenal fans want to see.
At centre-back, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have all been terrible recently so should all be left out.
Rob Holding could start for only the sixth time this season, with only one of those in the league, alongside Calum Chambers.
Whilst Rob Holding could be the solution to Arsenal’s defensive problems, he comes into this one with bruising on his knee and faces a late fitness test.
At right-back, Héctor Bellerín is back and should keep his place.
On the other side, Kieran Tierney should come in for the underwhelming Sead Kolašinac.
In midfield, Ljungberg has picked a 4-4-2 diamond formation in his previous two games.
However, as it’s been bad to say the least, he should switch to a 4-3-3.
In the centre, he’s likely to go for Lucas Torreira and Joe Willock over Mattéo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka.
Mesut Özill will keep his place in his preferred number ten role; Dani Ceballos is still injured with a hamstring problem.
Further forward, all five of Alexandre Lacazette’s Premier League goals have been scored at the Emirates this season.
The Frenchman was anonymous, aside from his goal, on Thursday so could be left on the bench.
Arsenal have not started with wingers in either of their last two games but club-record signing Nicolas Pépé could come in for this one.
On the other side, Gabriel Martinelli could start in the league for the first time following seven goals in cup competitions.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead the line; can he get his 13th goal of the season and fire his side to a rare win?
Predicted West Ham United line-up vs Arsenal
Predicted Arsenal line-up vs West Ham United
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The latest tweets from West Ham United pre Arsenal
— West Ham United (@WestHam) December 4, 2019
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— West Ham United (@WestHam) December 1, 2019
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— West Ham United (@WestHam) November 30, 2019
The latest tweets from Arsenal pre West Ham United
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 6, 2019
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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 5, 2019
💬 “Football unites everyone, regardless of your origin, your religion or your sexuality.
“Everyone needs to feel that they are part of the football community.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 5, 2019
A word for this guy today…
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 1, 2019
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
Premier League table:
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||34||8||12||14||36||47||-11||36|
|16||West Ham United||35||9||7||19||44||59||-15||34|