Arsenal visit London Stadium in search of tightening the gap between them, and current leaders, Chelsea. West Ham on the other hand are raring to steer clear of relegation.
When the sides met last season, they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw. Could there be as many goals this time round?
As well as other players, Arsenal may just want to keep an eye on Andy Carroll as he scored a hat-trick the last time the sides met, so keeping him quiet will be asked of, should Carroll play.
With the likes of Hector Bellerin, and Mathieu Debuchy ruled out through injury, I’m guessing either Francis Coquelin, or Gabriel will be played out of position, something neither player will want, but they’ll just have to adapt. Carl Jenkinson would be a perfect fit in the right-back position, but I highly doubt he’ll play a part following his performance against Southampton in the week. Also, I wouldn’t be confident in him, should he start. Also, Olivier Giroud is a doubt for this match, following a groin injury.
Santi Cazorla has also been ruled out for three months, so that’ll see either Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny, or Granit Xhaka take up his place. Wenger indicated that it’ll be impossible to find a replacement for Cazorla in January, and added that he doesn’t think that there’ll be a player like Cazorla.
With Chelsea playing Manchester City on the same day, (hoping for a draw) this’ll be an opportunity that Arsenal will be taking,to achieve maximum points, and start December on a high.
Going into the clash, Arsene Wenger has said that it’ll take a while for West Ham to make London Stadium feel like home citing the early struggles Arsenal had when they moved from Highbury to Emirates Stadium.
Its important that Arsenal make this feel like a home game, even though they’re playing away. With West Ham getting used to their new home, its something Arsenal could take advantage of, and given that they’re still unbeaten so far, a win would see Wengers side continue that run.
In a time when games are coming in thick and fast, Arsenal will have to show if they have what it takes to win the title for the first time since 2004.
Wenger lamented his sides defeat in the League Cup to Southampton, but has said that he and his side will be raring to keep intact their unbeaten run in the league.
With the injuries Arsenal have already, I wouldn’t be predicting a win here, but rather, a draw. The reason being is that with the injuries suffered to the likes of Cazorla, and Bellerin, and the fact that they’re both paramount to the side, coupling with a couple of playing being played out of position, would mean a slightly unbalanced side. But I’m hoping the makeshift line-up at the back works.