Premier League football can be extremely unforgiving at times, and in the first two weeks of the season, Arsenal felt that pain. Their games against Chelsea and Manchester City served as an example of how cruel the scheduling process can be, but on top of that, those results put a lot of pressure on the Gunners to get the job done against London rivals West Ham United. Of course, a lot of neutrals were rooting for them to lose, but under the guidance of Unai Emery, they were able to block out that noise on the pitch.
Courtesy of bet365, it’s time to take a look at some of the best possible bets you can make for Arsenal vs West Ham United this weekend. The game, which is something of a London derby, doesn’t have all too much relevance in the grand scheme of how the Premier League will turn out this season – in case you’re an advocate of drama and you believe the Gunners can still finish 4th and the Hammers can still be relegated.
While there’s plenty to be stressed out about if you’re an Arsenal fan in 2018, it’s always worth remembering that there have been some good times celebrated by the club in years gone by. We’ve seen trophies being lifted, last minute goals being scored, and a whole lot of victories over Tottenham Hotspur.
With that being said, it’s also interesting to take a look at the club’s recent history in order to analyse how far they’ve come in the span of twelve months. So then, let’s take a short trip down memory lane to April 5th, 2017 when Arsene Wenger led his Arsenal side to their first victory in over a month against London rivals West Ham United.
According to the Telegraph, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is a target for three Premier League clubs this summer. The English international has just 12 months on his deal with the Gunners and has yet to have been offered a contract extension.
Wilshere spent last season on loan with AFC Bournemouth, citing the decision to leave due to a lack of opportunities at Arsenal. The playmaker is in a similar predicament this summer and may be considering his offers as a result – not to mention currently recovering from a broken leg. Swansea City, Newcastle United and West Ham United are keen on his signature.
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are willing to sell midfielder Jack Wilshere this summer, but only for the right price. The English international has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium as a result of a lack of playing time, and West Ham United are reportedly leading the race for his signature.
Wilshere has been rated at £20m by Arsenal but has been subject of a £6.5m bid from Italian Serie A side Sampdoria, which is believed to have been rejected. The playmaker is out of contract next summer so Arsenal will be forced to either sell him or extend his stay.
According to the Metro, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is considering a move to Everton this summer and is believed to have been in contact with manager Ronald Koeman. The French international looked set to stay after committing his future, but he’s since been linked with a host of clubs and knows he’ll be second-choice to new signing Alexandre Lacazette.
Giroud spent last season third in the pecking order to Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck. He was an effective substitute, however, and turned in an impressive goal tally given the considerable lack of minutes. The 30-year-old scored 12 goals in 11 Premier League starts, scoring and creating 20 goals in all competitions for Arsenal, and has sides ready to bid £20m for his services as a result.
Nigerian international Henry Onyekuru has turned down interest from Arsenal and West Ham United to join Everton this summer, reports the Express. The KAS Eupen striker, who scored 24 goals in 41 games in all competitions last season, announced the move on his Instagram account before Everton formally revealed the transfer.
It’s bad news for Arsenal as the Gunners appeared to be in the driving seat to procure his signature but a failure to secure a work permit led to the deal breaking down. Everton will sign Onyekuru and loan him out to Belgian Jupiler Pro League giants Anderlecht for next season until he gets a work permit to play in England.
West Ham United are preparing a £50m bid to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and winger Theo Walcott this summer, reports the Daily Star. The London outfit have been looking to bolster their options in the final third to try and get back into Europe after underperforming last season, but they may have been too ambitious to sign this duo.
Giroud signed a new deal with Arsenal in 2016/17, scoring an impressive 12 goals in 11 Premier League starts, and was described as “vital to the club” by manager Arsene Wenger. The 30-year-old no longer commands a starting place, but he still made 29 Premier League appearances regardless and is keen to fight for his spot.
According to Football.London, Everton have joined West Ham United and Arsenal in the race for Henry Onyekuru’s signature. The Nigerian striker is reportedly worth around £8m and is expected to leave Belgian outfit KAS Eupen as a result of his impressive season and the increased interest this summer.
The 20-year-old scored an impressive 24 goals in 41 games in all competitions last season. Onyekuru is capable of playing across the frontline out wide or as a centre-forward and won’t break the bank. He’s made a total of 60 appearances for KAS Eupen while having represented his country on one occasion.
According to the London Evening Standard, West Ham United are weighing up a bid for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud this summer, with reports suggesting the Londoners could lure the French international with the promise of regular playing time.
United are on the hunt for a stellar striker to try and fire them into a European place in the Premier League next season and Giroud’s high on their wishlist. Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, worth £20m, is reported to be a target for the Hammers too.