Following an important victory against Southampton at the weekend, Arsenal will welcome West Ham United in a crucial Premier League encounter on Wednesday.
The Gunners came away with all three points after beating the Saints by 3-0 courtesy of the contributions from Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard, and Gabriel Magalhães. Aaron Ramsdale continues to impress between the sticks after his big-money move from Sheffield United.
On the other hand, David Moyes’ side had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Burnley at the Turf Moor. And following this result, they are currently sitting fourth in the league with 28 points in 16 games, only one point behind the fifth-place Manchester United.
The Gunners are sixth at the moment with 26 points in 16 games and a victory from this encounter will place them in fourth, given Manchester United will not play in this game week as their game against Brentford has been postponed due to covid outbreak in the United squad.
Arsenal vs West Ham United: Preview
Arsenal has won 10 of their last 11 home games against West Ham United in the Premier League and on the other hand, West Ham has come away victorious in only two of their last 26 games against their city rival.
Mikel Arteta’s side has lost two of the four London derbies in this campaign and already more than they did the last term. The Hammers are looking for their three consecutive victories in the London derbies this season, having won against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
Meanwhile, despite leading by 3-0, West Ham failed to defeat Arsenal in their last game. So, the Hammers will be looking to beat Arteta’s side and will be confident to pull off a victory from this game, having already beat title contenders Chelsea and Liverpool.
Arsenal Premier League form: W-L-W-L-L-W
West Ham United form (all competitions): W-L-D-W-L-D
Out of favor Bernd Leno and Sead Kolasinac will be sidelined due to injury problems. Emile Smith Rowe has returned from injury and is ready to start the game. But, Gabriel Martinelli does not deserve to be dropped after productive outings in the last couple of minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might start on the bench as Alexandre Lacazette has done well during the absence of the Gabonese forward.
On the other hand, West Ham has quite a few injury concerns. Ben Johnson, Kurt Zouma, Ryan Fredericks, and Angelo Ogbonna are all sidelined for injuries. Aaron Cresswell could be available for this game but it will be interesting to see if he starts or not.
Arsenal possible starting lineup(4-2-3-1):
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
West Ham United possible starting lineup(4-2-3-1):
Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma; Antonio