Arsenal are looking to prove their opening day performance is evidence of a new beginning rather than yet another false dawn, as they welcome London rivals West Ham United to the Emirates on Saturday night. It’s all doom and gloom for the Hammers though, with their tumultuous summer set to continue into the new campaign.
Where and when: Emirates Stadium – 19 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Arsenal vs. West Ham: Sky Sports
Last time: Alexandre Lacazette bagged the only goal of the game with just over 10 minutes remaining, as it ended 1-0 to the Arsenal when the teams clashed in north London back in March.
Arsenal v West Ham Predictions and Preview
Mikel Arteta has had an instant impact on Arsenal, but it’s down to his players to prove this latest revolution is no mere flash in the pan. Their opponents this weekend, West Ham, seem to be in a constant state of revolution, and Hammers supporters are certainly gunning for that at present.
The matter at hand for West Ham under the Saturday night lights here though, is getting a result against the resurgent Gunners. That won’t be easy, and David Moyes and his players could be in for another difficult assignment across the capital.
Arsenal were clinical, composed and refreshingly comfortable as they swatted newly-promoted Fulham aside in the season curtain-raiser last weekend. Much sterner tests of their mettle await, but there were positive signs all over the pitch against the Cottagers.
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The stands at the Emirates may be empty of any Gunners supporters this weekend, but Arsenal fans will fully expect their team to make it three wins in a row against West Ham, and the home team are 1/2 in the betting to do just that.
Irons fans, meanwhile, will perhaps tune into this match merely hoping their side don’t get trounced. And yet, another meek performance to follow the dire surrender to Newcastle last weekend may well spur on the change at board level desired by so many supporting the club.
As it is, Moyes will set up his team to be difficult to break down, hoping to nick something on the break or from a set piece. The Hammers are available at 5/1 with William Hill to follow their manager’s plans to perfection and take all three points in your Arsenal vs West Ham predictions for this game.
However, the away win looks incredibly unlikely given the disarray surrounding the visitors and their lack of new signings. Another relegation scrap looks likely this season, but at least Moyes will have a fully-fit squad to choose from for this game – which is a lot more than can be said for opposite number Arteta.
Arsenal have fitness concerns over eight players coming into this game, although Granit Xhaka is expected to be fit. Defenders David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are among the absentees, along with exciting youngster Gabriel Martinelli.
The Gunners didn’t need those players for their impressively slick showing last weekend though, so even a draw would represent a hugely disappointing result for the home side. If you think West Ham can get one, the stalemate is priced at 18/5 in this game.
One to watch for Arsenal: Alexandre Lacazette looks as though he’s going to be the spearhead of Arteta’s Arsenal attack, and the Frenchman needs to keep scoring to retain that status. He broke the deadlock against Fulham last weekend and scored the only goal of the game against West Ham last time out. Lacazette is 4/1 to net the opener this weekend.
One to watch for West Ham: Michail Antonio ended last season like a steam train, scoring eight of his 10 Premier League goals for the campaign in his last seven matches. The English forward is available at 9/1 to carry his good form over to the new season by opening the scoring on Saturday night.
Long shot: West Ham’s last victory at the Emirates was a 2-0 triumph back in August 2015. The potential for an away win this weekend is made a little likelier by the lack of home fans inside the Emirates, but it remains a tall order. Even so, you can back a 2-0 win for West Ham on Saturday night at 33/1.