Preview and Prediction
The terrific result of The Gunners on their first game last week seems to entail their positive trend starting from winning FA Cup, Community Shield and a win in Craven Cottage. They are likely to carry on such while taking on The Hammers this weekend. Mikel Arteta’s men are ready to aim high this season by competing on the top four, being a title challenger and qualifying to the Champions League next season. This is something West Ham should be aware of, especially considering their lack of harmony due to the internal controversy.
The teams’ previous matches
Arsenal began their campaign with a 3-0 victory over Fulham. Alexander Lacazette opened the scoring as he tucked away the deflected ball from Willian’s shot. The former Chelsea man gave another contribution for the remaining goals by providing an assist for Gabriel Magalhaes’s header plus Pierre Aubameyang’s goal. It was an expected win for The Gunners.
West Ham, on the other hand, had to suffer a defeat at home while meeting Newcastle despite having several decent chances during the game. The Magpies’ new signings were the scorer of this game. Callum Wilson did it first through his header while the fomer Burnley man, Jeff Hendrick scored from a long range drive.
Mikel Arteta seems to be settling his 3-4-3 formation with the possibly permanent trio this season, Aubameyang-Willian-Lacazette. However, some names can be brought on from the bench to make the difference too while they are in need of scoring. The Ivorian Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah are some notable youngsters on the attack. Yet, Gabriel Martinelli is still ruled out alongside Mesut Ozil Matteo Guendozi, Pablo Mari and the German international Skhodran Musrafi.
His counterpart, David Moyes, might still be in favoure of 4-2-3-1 by relying on Michael Antonio as the frontman. On both sides, Jarred Bowen and Andrey Yarmolenko or Felipe Anderson are the best options supported by Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice and Mark Noble.
Players to watch
The winning mentality and experience of Willian shall lead him to be one of the vital figures in Arsenal this season. Despite his age, the Brasilian winger still possesses the composure, pace and accuracy in passing and shooting. Some other notable names are surely Pierre Aubameyang, David Luiz and Granit Xhaka.
The youngster Jarred Bowen who was the key man after the lockdown last season seems to continue his positive contribution for the team supported by Declan Rice and the Czech international Tomas Soucek.
Arsenal vs West Ham
It is another London derby respectively for Aubameyang and Co in the past two weeks. Yet, they are unlikely to fall into a defeat or even losing points at home. West Ham’s lack of finishing touch in the previous fixture will be even more crucial against the dominant Arsenal as they will certainly have less shot on goals here. Eventually, thumping their local contender is an easy task for Arsenal.
As the favourite, Mikel Arteta’s men are priced to win at 1.50. The odds for a draw are at 4.30 whereas Mark Noble and Co’s win market is at 5.80.