Arsenal will travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham United on Saturday in the Premier League.
It will be a London Derby and an important one for both the teams for different reasons. The Gunners will be looking to bolster their Premier League bid and the hosts on the other side, currently struggling at 16th place, will be looking to create a daylight between them and the relegation zone.
West Ham are missing Oxford and Byram due to injury, while new loaned player Gokhan Tore is also out. Also their full backs Cresswell and Antonio are out.
Arsenal’s injury list is added as Debuchy is out for six weeks at least with a hamstring injury. Elneny is also in doubt and Giroud may also miss the West Ham game. Cazorla, Mertesacker, Bellerin are still recovering while Welbeck is back in full training but four weeks away from game fitness.
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Arsene Wenger must looking for a strong response from his team after the midweek howler against Southampton. Cech will be back in goal and Alexis may start up front. For the Hammers, Slaven Bilic will be looking to continue with 3 at the central defense, also the trio of Payet, Lanzini and Sakho can cause problems to Arsenal defense.
The Gunners are immensely missing Cazorla and his absence has to be compensated by Xhaka, who has looked sharp off late. Chamberlain and Walcott’s pace through the wing will be challenging for the new West Ham full backs as both the regulars are out. Arsenal also are in a dilemma with their Right back position as Carl Jenkinson hasn’t been up to the mark.
Overall we can expect an entertaining match where both sides will be giving their all to acquire 3 points.
The last meet between these two teams was a 6 goal thriller as both team shared the points.
West Ham: 19/5
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