Superb Declan, Fantastic Nasri and Was that a goodbye from Arnie?- 5 Talking Points from West Ham v Arsenal

West Ham claimed their first home victory over West Ham since November 2006 as Declan Rice’s 48th minute goal, his first ever senior one for the club, helped them beat Unai Emery’s side 1-0. It was a fantastic achievement for the Hammers, who had won only one of their previous 23 games against the Gunners, and also made the 50th Premier League game at the London Stadium a memorable one.

Here are our talking points from the game

Superb Declan: Declan Rice gave another example of why he could become the next best defensive midfielder in the Premier League. Timely interceptions to thwart several Arsenal attacks, fantastic tackles, great strength on the ball, and a superb finish for the goal- it was a brilliant game for the teenager (only 2 days short of his 20th birthday!), and a very well deserved Man of the Match award for him. That shot of Rice hugging Mark Noble at the end is something that will remain etched in many a Hammers supporter’s mind for a long, long time.

Fantastic Nasri: Many fans, us included, were somewhat doubtful when Pellegrini signed Samir Nasri. On the evidence of this performance, it’s a fantastic one. The 31 year old was excellent for someone out of the game for 18 months- pressing hard, some nice interplay on the edge of the box between Anderson, Arnautovic and him, and providing an edge in attack that West Ham have sorely missed due to the absence of Manuel Lanzini. Despite his high work rate, Pellegri mentioned in the post match interview that Nasri could’ve played longer (he was subbed off), and that was a compliment to the Frenchman. Also provided the assist for Declan Rice’s winner. [Read more…]

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 [Read more…]

Referee for West Ham-Arsenal game announced, Hammers unbeaten for over two years under him

The referee for West Ham’s Premier League clash against Arsenal this weekend has been announced as Jonathan Moss. The 48 year old will be assisted by Marc Perry and Andy Halliday at the London Stadium with Stuart Attwell set to be the fourth official.

West Ham’s recent home record against Arsenal is quite poor- the last time they managed to get the better of the Gunners on home soil in any competition was back in November 2006. Since then, Arsenal have been unbeaten in 11 away games, and can make it 12 in a row if they complete a double over Pellegrini’s men on Saturday. [Read more…]

West Ham 2-2 Brighton | Super Subs rescue point for Hammers against Seagulls

West Ham picked up their first ever Premier League point against Brighton as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Chris Houghton’s men at the London Stadium.

Despite losses to Watford and Burnley, December had still been a very productive month for the Hammers- only league leaders Liverpool took more points than them in that period, and the 15 points Manuel Pellegrini’s men picked up was more than the 12 they had in the previous four months put together.

The Hammers were looking for a win to start off the New Year against Brighton, a team that had won all three Premier League clashes between the two sides before this clash. Pellegrini made three chances to his side- bringing in Pablo Zabaleta in defence, Pedro Obiang in the middle of the park, and Andy Carroll upfront to partner Marko Arnautovic. New signing Samir Nasri was on the bench. [Read more…]

West Ham v Brighton predictions- How do the pundits reckon the Hammers will fare in their first game of 2019?

The London Stadium’s first game of the year, with its new, enhanced 60,000 capacity, sees West Ham United host Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday evening. The fixture could also mark Samir Nasri’s West Ham debut after he inked a short team deal till the end of the season. Pablo Zabaleta is also likely to return from illness to shore up a back four that looked poor against Burnley.

Brighton are winless in their last five games under the referee for this game, Chris Kavanagh. The Seagulls however did beat West Ham at home earlier this season (the Glenn Murray goal and some shocking defending from Arthur Masuaku), and will be looking to complete a league double over them.

West Ham had their best ever Premier League month in terms of points in December, picking up 15 from a possible 21. After a flat performance against Burnley, the Hammers will be looking to pull up their socks against the Seagulls.

Let’s take a look at what the pundits are predicting for this GW21 clash [Read more…]