West Ham v Arsenal Predictions- How do the pundits reckon the Hammers will fare against Unai Emery’s men

GW 22’s first game after the FA Cup weekend sees West Ham host Arsenal at the London Stadium. The Hammers last suffered defeat nearly two and a half years ago under the referee for this game, Jonathan Moss, but haven’t beaten the Gunners at home since 2006.

West Ham can be difficult to beat when they raise their game, as the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United will testify. Arsenal have a shaky back four and ship in quite a few goals when on the road (4th worst away defence in the league). The Hammers will certainly fancy their chances, but is Marko Arnautovic’s head in the right place? There has been talk of the Austrian wanting a move to China, but the Hammers have publicly announced that their star striker is not for sale. Fabian Balbuena is not also available for the home side, which is a big blow to their hopes, given the Paraguayan’s great form this season.

Let’s take a look at what various pundits think of the Hammers’ chances later today against the Gunners

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro notes both teams have been “up and down” in recent weeks, and has gone for an 2-1 Arsenal win, but says Unai Emery still “has a lot of work to do”.

Lawro’s celeb opponent for Game Week 22, South African dancer Oti Mabuse, has predicted a 1-1 draw.

Paul Merson: Merson says the Gunners struggle “to stop goals going in” but are “good going forward”. Has predicted an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Michael Owen: Owen is aware that the Gunners haven’t lost to West Ham in their last 11 away games across all competitions, but has reservations about “their defensive capabilities” and says if there’s a winner, it’ll be West Ham. Predicts a 2-1 win to Manuel Pellegrini’s men, and recommends punters to go for a West Ham draw no bet.

Kevin Kilbane: Kilbane says Arsenal generally have a good record in this fixture, but like the other pundits here, isn’t too convinced about the way Arsenal are defending currently. Has gone for West Ham to win and both teams to score

Robbie Savage: West Ham 2-2 Arsenal- it’s the only draw he’s predicted in this weekend’s round of fixtures!

Summary of predictions

Lawro: West Ham 1-2 Arsenal
CO: West Ham 1-1 Arsenal
Merson: West Ham 2-2 Arsenal
Owen: West Ham 2-1 Arsenal
Kilbane: West Ham to win, but both teams to score
Savage: West Ham 2-2 Arsenal

That’s two West Ham wins, three draws and one solitary Arsenal win (from Mark Lawrenson)!

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