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Match Preview: West Ham vs Arsenal


Written by Bill McLoughlin

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Arsenal v West Ham United - Premier League

Needless to say, December could not come quick enough for Arsenal. For the last four weeks, Arsenal have lived up to their much spoken of November hoodoo, winning just two games, while drawing three and most recently losing to Southampton in the League Cup. This Saturday, however, Wenger’s men will be looking to continue their 12 game Premier League unbeaten run, against a West Ham side that are struggling for form. 

November has not only been a bad month for Arsenal in terms in form but also injuries. The Gunners have sorely missed both Santi Cazorla and Hector Bellerin for most of this month; Cazorla has missed all of November with a reoccurrence of the achilles injury he suffered last season, while Bellerin has missed all bar one of Arsenal’s games with an ankle injury. Both players are essential in Arsenal’s play going forward and their absence has been very visible. Aside from Granit Xhaka, Arsenal have no one who can build up play from deep in Arsenal’s half, which was very evident against Man U, while without Bellerin, Arsenal struggle to create width down the right-hand side. 

Arsenal v Southampton - EFL Cup Quarter-Final

Likewise, West Ham struggled in the past month, winning none of their four games during the month and now sit 16th in the table and in real danger of being stuck in the relegation battle. Slaven Bilic’s men have failed to replicate the form they showed last season and seem to be heavily reliant on star man, Dimitri Payet. The Hammers have struggled in their new home and that could well continue against an Arsenal team that is unbeaten in eight games away to West Ham. 

With Chelsea playing Tottenham this weekend, Arsenal have an opportunity to make up some ground on their rivals. It’s a hard game to call with both teams in poor form, you can, however, check out www.bestbonusescasinos.co.uk for advice on all your casino betting needs. Both Arsenal and West Ham need a win this Saturday but for differing reasons. Arsenal must put November behind them and enter the crucial festive period with a win against West Ham.  


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