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…]

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…]