Arsenal will host West Ham United on Thursday. The fixture will take place at 1:30 am IST on 16th December. Both teams will play their 17th game of the league. Arsenal will look forward to snatch all three points from West Ham for the 4th place.
Arsenal are currently 6th in the Premier League table. They defeated Southampton with a comfortable 3-0 score-line after their shocking defeat against Everton. The Gunners will increase their chances of getting in the top 4 if they defeat West Ham and secure three points.
Arsenal Premier League form: L W L L W
West Ham United are currently 4th in the Premier League table. They played out a 0-0 draw against Burnley last weekend. The Hammers will drop down on the table if they suffer a defeat against Arsenal. They will look forward to maintain their great form against the big teams this season.
West Ham Premier League form: L L D W D
Arsenal vs West Ham United: The Gunners team news
With Lacazette looking to maintain his form from this weekend, Aubameyang may have to settle for a bench spot. Moreover, Emile Smith Rowe will seek a return to the left flank over Gabriel Martinelli. The Brazilian may think the opposite and will want a place on the starting lineup.
Nevertheless, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of the team over the weekend due to a disciplinary infraction again in 2021, but Arteta is poised to recall him for the Hammers’ midweek meeting. Furthermore, The Gunners’ only injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s clash are Bernd Leno and Sead Kolasinac, with Arteta unlikely to make many changes this week.
Arsenal possible starting line-up
Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney; Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe; Alexandre Lacazette
West Ham United vs Arsenal: The Hammers team news
On the other hand, In the Hammers’ defense, Issa Diop and Craig Dawson will continue to secure their goal. Moreover, Pablo Fornals could replace Manuel Lanzini at number ten. Furthermore, Aaron Cresswell could return from a back injury on Wednesday, but Ben Johnson, Kurt Zouma, Ryan Fredericks, and Angelo Ogbonna are all still recovering.
West Ham has caused many upsets this season are very much prepared to repeat it. Michail Antonio has a habit of scoring goals in the London derbies. He has scored 6 and assisted 5 in the last 11 appearances he made in the London derbies.
West Ham United possible starting line-up
Lukasz Fabianski; Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Issa Diop, Arthur Masuaku; Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek; Jarred Bowen, Pablo Fornals, Saed Benrahma; Michail Antonio
Arsenal 2-1 West Ham
Although West Ham United are very capable of defeating Arsenal, the Gunners have a very good record at home. Moreover, the Hammers have more absentees than the Gunners to win this fixture. However, both the teams will be rooting for a win in this fixture as both the teams are direct contenders for the top 4.
Arsenal just might be able to nick this result their way to get all the three points. Furthermore, West Ham’s 0-0 draw against Burnley also suggests that they can struggle at the Emirates.
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