Game Week 31 Predictions: Arsenal to beat West Ham as the Hammers host the league leaders at the London stadium in a crucial Premier League match
|Jarrod Bowen and Bukayo Saka are both going to have their say in the premier league encounter at the London Stadium, who's voice would be louder? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Arsenal once again must respond after watching Manchester City close the gap on them to just three points with a win over Leicester on Saturday. Anything short of a victory will see Arsenal’s title hopes go up in flames.
The champions are in that sort of mood where they dispatch anything in sight.
Arsenal still has it all to do against sides that portend threats, with Brighton and Chelsea still to visit the Emirates and a trip to Newcastle and the Etihad still to happen.
To be the best, you have to beat the best, and Arsenal, while slightly under 50% on the likelihood table, still has it in their hands.
One way to show intent is to handle West Ham United maturely and professionally on Sunday.
The Hammers can breathe a bit after back-to-back wins as well, but the relegation battle is a little stiffer this time, and anyone that snoozes loses.
The Hammers boast a three-point cushion over the relegation zone, and with a game in hand, they’re not in the worst of places as it stands.
West Ham also has a date in Europe on Thursday.
The away leg at Gent ended 1-1, and the Hammers must finish the game off to advance to the semifinals of the Europa Conference League, where their main rivals would be SS Lazio.
Arsenal welcomed Eddie Nketiah back to training, and he’s available for selection, but William Saliba is still yet to be seen in sight.
The Gunners will once again call on Rob Holding to partner Gabriel in the heart of the Arsenal defense.
Will David Moyes rest players ahead of the Thursday visit to Gent?
Or will he go for momentum and start the same set of players that labored to a point on Thursday?
This is left to be seen, but on paper, it should be a straightforward afternoon for the North Londoners.
Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus scored in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Liverpool, and both would be immense again when they visit West London, with Bukayo Saka set to have a say in the conversation after cooling off in the last two games.