It’s fair to say that for many years there have been a certain amount of mind games played with the Gunners when it came to playing against Man Utd at Old Trafford – and finally, it looks as though the curse has been broken. After playing out a convincing 1-2 victory against United, the Gunners are well and truly gunning for more this season.
Step forward a West Ham side that are in truth a struggling side after starting the season so well. With recent revelations of their manager potentially departing at the end of the season, a principal sponsor going bust, and a rather uncertain future ahead with regards to their new home, West Ham are a side facing an uphill battle to find the positives in the current season. What exactly is it that the Hammers do not want at the current time? Well a trip to the Emirates for one!
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side have gone from strength to strength, and even though they suffered a set-back a few weeks back against Monaco in the Champions League, they are still there, and also fighting for more silverware this season. Current league positioning has Arsenal in third, which is a tremendous feat, given the competition, and are breathing down the necks of Man City for second place, with the ever threat of Man Utd in fourth place. It’s clear for all to see, Arsenal will want nothing but all three points here.
In recent years we’ve seen varied score lines in this London Derby fixture, although this time around we’re not expecting the Gunners to go behind at any stage. We’re putting it out there that we’ll see a comfortable home victory, albeit a few bookings. As long as Arsenal don’t see red, we should see a victory from Arsenal by at least a two goal margin.
Our verdict is for Arsenal to win by +2 Goals.
Arsenal v West Ham Match Information
|Referee||Chris Foy (England)|
|Squad Line-ups||David Ospina||Adrian|
|Per Mertesacker||Aaron Cresswell|
|Laurent Koscielny||Cheikhou Kouyate|
|Nacho Monreal||Joey O’Brien|
|Calum Chambers||James Collins|
|Mesut Oezil||Kevin Nolan|
|Alexis Sanchez||Stewart Downing|
|Santi Cazorla||Mark Noble|
|Danny Welbeck||Morgan Amalfitano|
|Francis Coquelin||Alexandre Song|
|Olivier Giroud||Diafra Sakho|
|Coach||Arsene Wenger||Sam Allardyce|