On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal host West Ham at the Emirates Stadium, as the home look to build momentum ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid.
The Gunners head into this clash on the back of the surprise news from Friday morning that veteran boss Arsene Wenger will step down as the clubs boss this summer.
Everybody connected with the club will be hoping that the team can finish the season in strong fashion. However, with the Europa League now the Gunners priority, the Premier League campaign is likely to take a back seat.
The Gunners recent record in the top-flight is decent, as a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, last time out ended a three-game winning run for Wenger’s side in the top-flight.
All three of those aforementioned league wins were at the Emirates Stadium. In fact, the Gunners have won five of their last six games on home soil in the top-flight. The north London outfit has also scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight league outings at the Emirates.
West Ham are still only six points clear of the relegation zone. However, David Moyes’ side are unbeaten in three games in the Premier League, having drawn their last two games in the top-flight.
The Irons have won just two of their last ten top-flight outings. The visitors also have a poor away record in the Premier League, having won just one of their last seven games on their travels, while failing to win in their last four away games.
The visitors have a terrible recent record against their London rivals, winning just one of their last 22 games against the Gunners in all competitions. However, all three of the Hammers last victories against the north London side have been at Emirates Stadium or before that Highbury.
Arsene Wenger will no doubt pick a team with Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final first leg in mind. However, the veteran boss had hinted that cup-tied striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might not start the game.
Midfielders Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Santi Cazorla once again miss out through injury, while Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are also still doubts for the clash.
West Ham have a pretty lengthy injury list, which includes Pedro Obiang, Winston Reid, Sam Byram and Michail Antonio. Centre-back James Collins also a big doubt for the clash.
Arsenal are the favourites to win this clash at odds of 8/15, the draw is odds of 7/2, while the visitors are odds of 11/2 to record a victory.
The Gunners may field a weakened team, but they may still have enough quality to see-off their London rivals.
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