Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 away games against West Ham in all competitions, but if there is to be a winner at the London Stadium I feel it will be the hosts, as I still have my reservations about the Gunners defensive capabilities. Yes, the hosts have conceded at least once in their last eight home Premier League games and I would be surprised if the Hammers kept a clean sheet this weekend, but Manuel Pellegrini has never finished on the losing side against Unai Emery in six previous home league games (W4 D2). A cracking London derby to look forward to with opportunities at both ends.
Bien que West Ham reste une équipe dont il faut se méfier car capable de coup d’éclat aléatoire, sa saison actuelle n’est pas des plus abouties et elle a bien du mal à se sortir du ventre mou du championnat. Il va donc être difficile pour elle d’obtenir un bon résultat. De plus, son adversaire, même s’il connaît une période moins faste qu’en début de saison, reste une des grosses équipes du championnat et avoir le meilleur buteur dans ses rangs est un plus qui fait du bien. Il paraît donc vraisemblable qu’Arsenal réussisse à se défaire de ses voisins londoniens et revienne de ce court déplacement avec les 3 points.
Arsenal recovered from their 5 – 1 beating by Liverpool with a win over Fulham before securing their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a win over Blackpool. On their part, West Ham United returned to winning ways with a win over Birmingham City in the FA Cup and after falling to Arsenal in the first leg meeting they will be keen on a third straight undefeated game at home, having drawn 2 – 2 with Brighton before Beating Birmingham 2 – 0. With six wins in nine matches, West Ham will look at this game as winnable and having scored at least twice in seven of the nine matches. In the last five home matches, West Ham have picked three wins and a loss and have scored at least twice in four of the five. Arsenal on their part, are not doing so badly and will head to this clash also looking at it as a winnable clash. They have failed to score in just two of their last 15 matches and go to this game with eight wins in 13 matches. They have scored seven goals in their last two matches but West Ham will come with a different kind of opposition. They have failed to pick a win in the last four away matches and this being a derby, will come with its challenges in that sector but having scored in each of their last 15 away league matches, they have a starting point. Arsenal have conceded one goal less than West Ham (31) but at 46, they have 17 goals more than West Ham. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette have a lot of say here, with 21 goals between them but West Ham have Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic who have 15 goals between them while they can also bank on Andy Caroll who is back to scoring ways after a good game against Birmingham. Arsenal have lost just once in the last 23 matches against West Ham United while they go to this game unbeaten against West Ham in the last seven matches, with just two ending in draws and five of the seven producing over 2.5 goals.
Outside chance but West Ham like an upset now and then and why not against one of their London rivals. Arsenal have not won in their last 4 away games and West Ham's newest singing Samir Nasri may love this stage against his old club to comeback after a drugs ban.