First place in the standings In a match that may determine the future of both teams, the struggling Hammers take on Arsenal. Will West Ham be able to give Arsenal a difficult time even though Arsenal is trying to run away with the title and West Ham is trying to avoid relegation?
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Arsenal Vs West Ham Stats & Facts
The long-term plan that Mikel Arteta devised has finally been realised, and it has done so flawlessly. Consequently, the Gunners have hardly ever made a mistake this season.
They have the best defensive record in the league (11), which is tied for the best in the league, and they have the second-best attacking record in the league (33), which puts them five points ahead of the team that is now holding the title of champion.
West Ham, on the other hand, has had a difficult season so far and hopes that the international break has revitalised what appeared to be a worn-out group before the break. West Ham hopes they can turn things around when they return to action.
The team could only find the back of the net once, and that was in their encounter against Bournemouth. Before that, they had gone winless in their previous five league matches, failing to score in three of those losses and only finding the back of the net once.
They are now ranked 16th in the standings, and there is no reason to believe that they will be able to add any points to their total on Monday. All indicators point to this being the case.
Arsenal and West Ham Squadlist
Here are the players available to both Mikel Arteta and David Moyes in this encounter
Goalkeepers: Aaron Ramsdale, Matt Turner
Defenders: William Saliba, Gaberial Magalhaes, Jakub Kiwior, Rob Holding, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Kieran Tierney, Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu
Midfielders: Takehiro Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, Jorginho, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe, Faio Vieira
Strikers: Gabriel Martinelli, Leandro Trossard, Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah
Out/Banned: Eddie Nketiah, Mohammed Elneny, Takehiro Tomiyasu
Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola, Lukasz Fabianski
Defenders: Nayef Aguerd, Kurt Zouma, Thilo Kehrer, Angelo Ogbonna, Emerson, Aaron Cresswell, Ben Johnson, Vladimir Coufal
Midfielders: Declan Rice,Tomas Soucek, Flynn Downes, Lucas Paqueta, Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini
Strikers: Said Benrahma, Maxwel Cornet, Jarrod Bowen, Gianluca Scamacca, Danny Ings, Michail Antonio
Arsenal: 1st in the Premier League
Last 5 (DWDWD):
- 2-2 vs Liverpool
- 4-1 vs Leeds United
- 1-1 vs Sporting Lisbon
- 3-0 vs Fulham
- 2-2 vs Sporting Lisbon
Arsenal had a good match recently against Liverpool at Anfield, but continuing the curse, they could not convert the encounter into a win. In all competitions, their record is worse than in the Premier League in which they are (DWWWW).
West Ham: 14th in the Premier League
Last 5 (WLWWD):
- 1-0 vs Fulham
- 1-5 vs Newcastle
- 1-0 vs Southampton
- 4-0 vs AEK Larnaca
- 1-1 vs Aston Villa
It seems that West Ham is only doing well against weaker opponents like Fulham and AEK Larnaca while getting trounced by top four Newcastle. We’ll see how they fair against 1st place Arsenal after a break.
It should be a walkover for Arsenal if West Ham continues to play poorly and Arsenal keeps up their impressive run of fine form that appears to have lasted throughout the entire season. The fact that West Ham is now positioned in the league’s bottom third is extremely illustrative of their play, and as a result, I anticipate that they will fail to score.
Because they defeated Southampton by a score of merely one goal and a thumping against Newcastle, I find it unlikely they will score against Arsenal. The only glimmer of hope for West Ham in this clash comes from the fact that defender William Saliba is out with an injury, which might make things a little bit easier for the Hammers.
BTTS Verdict: No
Considering that Arsenal has averaged 2.4 goals per match this season, I think there will be over 2.5 goals this match. After all, they are top of the league with a goal difference of 43 for a reason.
Over/Under Verdict: Over 2.5