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West Ham v Arsenal Premier League Preview

Posted on December 12, 2017 by David Nugent

On Wednesday night, Arsenal travel the short distance to West Ham’s London Stadium for a midweek Premier League clash.

The home side will be heading into the clash in good spirits, following a 1-0 home win against reigning champions Chelsea last time out. The win means the Irons moved up to 18th place in the table.

David Moyes’ side are now only in the relegation zone on goal difference. With 17th place West Brom facing a difficult game at Liverpool, anything from this match would move the Hammers out of the drop zone.

The Irons victory over Chelsea ended an eight-game winless run for the home side in the top-flight. The game also ended a three-game winless run on home soil in the Premier League.

The Irons have had problems scoring goals of late at the London Stadium, scoring just four goals in their last five Premier League outings on home soil.

Arsenal’s form has been a mixed bag of late. However, the Gunners are still fifth in the table and just a point behind fourth-place Liverpool.

A 1-1 draw at Southampton last time out in the Premier League was a disappointing result, as the visitor’s needed substitute Olivier Giroud to rescue a point late on against the south coast side.

Following three consecutive top-flight wins, a defeat against Manchester United and the draw against the Saints have really hampered the Gunners momentum.

A record of two wins from their last eight away outings in the Premier League is a poor one for the Gunners. Arsene Wenger’s side have also kept just two clean sheets in their last nine league games on their travels.

Team News

The home side are set to be without defenders Sam Byram, James Collins and Jose Fonte, while midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is also a fitness doubt. Irons boss David Moyes may decide to field an unchanged starting eleven following that crucial win over Chelsea.

For Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey and Shkodran Mustafi join Santi Cazorla on the sidelines due to injury, while Theo Walcott is still a fitness doubt. Rob Holding and Jack Wilshere could come into the starting line-up.

Betting News

Arsenal are the favourites to win this clash at 4/6, while the draw is 16/5 and the home side are 17/4 to pull off another surprise win.

West Ham’s tails will be up following their win last time out and Arsenal will need to up their game from the weekend if they are to record a win in this clash.

Will Arsenal record a win at the London Stadium?

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