|Arsenal host the Hammers on Wednesday night at the Emirates in a game that will tell a lot of either side's mentality in the top four race. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)
Arsenal vs West HamEmirates Stadium9:00pm
Westham are one of the most exciting teams in the league to watch, they currently sit 4th and barring an unexpected collapse, they look set to go one better than they did last season.
Arsenal keep blowing hot and cold on and off the pitch, the
Gunners swept aside Southampton last weekend after surviving the Saints’
opening rage but 3-0 win over a bottom half team is only papers over cracks to
Just before the Sotton game, Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta
announced that club captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang would not be in the squad
due to what the manager called “disciplinary breach” and you wonder if that
information was necessary.
Arsenal went on to win the game and returned to the news
just two days later, announcing that Aubameyang has been stripped of captaincy,
while the manager maintained that there’s no unrest in the squad, he went further
to say the former captain won’t be eligible for selection.
Westham are in town and that’s what matters now, on paper
you can say the Hammers are ahead of the Gunners. Two points currently separate
the two on the table with a win for either side meaning something significant.
With United not playing this weekend due to Covid outbreak
in Ralf Rangnick’s squad, either side can create a daylight on United and even dust
each other on the table, the Hammers can go five clear of the Gunners with a
win while Arsenal can move into 4th for the first time at this stage
How will they line up? Mikhail Antonio hasn’t scored since
forever in the league, the early season FPL managers’ favorites has blanked for
two months and they don’t even know what to do with him; Said Benrahma is
another Hammer who has lost steam but Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals are
Defensively, the Gunners must be solid once again to have
any chance of beating Westham that already beat Chelsea, Liverpool and both
Manchester clubs in cup games this season, Arsenal will have to get things
right from defense to attack and they must know when to boot out and when to
For Arsenal, Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard are the outlets
with Emile Smith Rowe still preferred to start from the bench. Gabriel
Martinelli has been a revelation in place of the ousted captain and they will
also expect good showing from Alexander Lacazette who has a good record against
Arsenal have a very good record on head to head in this
fixture with the Hammers only beating the Gunners once in the last five, they
however played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the London Stadium last season.