Media Player Ratings- How did the media rate West Ham’s performance against Arsenal?

This was always going to be a tough fixture- West Ham had lost more Premier League games to Arsenal than any other side, which meant that the Gunners were strong favourites coming into this Round 3 clash, despite themselves losing to Man City and Chelsea. All the pundits had backed Arsenal to win, and win they did, on the back of an impressive second half performance following the introductions of Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira into the game. [Read more…]

4 changes for West Ham against Arsenal- Arnautovic captain, Diop & Antonio in XI

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has announced his starting XI to do duty at the Emirates against Arsenal for their Round 3 fixture. The Chilean has made four changes, with Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Carlos Sanchez and Michail Antonio coming in for Pablo Zabaleta, Angelo Ogbonna, Mark Noble and Javier Hernandez respectively.

Fredericks and Antonio had started the opening weekend loss to Liverpool, but were dropped for the next game against Bournemouth.

Angelo Ogbonna drops out of the matchday squad completely, meaning a new partner in central defence in the form of Issa Diop for Fabian Balbuena. [Read more…]

More Premier League losses to Arsenal than any other side- H2H stats ahead of West Ham’s Round 3 game

West Ham will be looking to avoid a third straight Premier League defeat under Manuel Pellegrini when they visit the Emirates to take on Arsenal this weekend. The H2H stats between the two teams in the Premier League doesn’t make for great reading though- here are some of them ahead of this Saturday afternoon clash.

West Ham Premier League record against Arsenal

Played 44- Won 7, Drawn 9, Lost 28

In the modern Premier League era, West Ham have lost MORE to Arsenal than any other side.

Goal scoring woes

Amongst all teams that they have played 40 times or more in the Premier League, West Ham have scored the FEWEST goals against Arsenal (31 goals in 44 games) [Read more…]

Arsenal v West Ham predictions- What do the pundits say?

It’s a clash between two teams with high profile new managers, who are both looking for their first points of the new Premier League season after suffering defeats in their opening two games of the 2018/19 campaign.

Will Unai Emery get his first league win as Arsenal manager? Or will Manuel Pellegrini get the better of his opposite number at the Emirates? Here is a look at what pundits predict for this Matchweek 3 fixture.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro says that West Ham were “hopeless defensively” in their games against Liverpool and Bournemouth, and has predicted a 2-0 win for Arsenal. [Read more…]

Hammers to begin season with trip to Anfield

Manuel Pellegrini’s first league game as West Ham manager will see his side make the trip north to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Hammers have a home fixture against Bournemouth sandwiched between two tough games away at Liverpool and Arsenal respectively.

While that’s most definitely a tough start to the season, the festive period seems to have given a decent round of fixtures- Newcastle, Cardiff, Palace, Fulham, Watford, Southampton and Burnley, all of whom are definitely beatable on paper. [Read more…]