London derbies are always competitive affairs, and we should expect nothing less when Arsenal face West Ham. After the success of last season, The Hammers have come back down to earth with a bump this season. Just as they began to find form again in October, last month was unkind to them and they now sit in the bottom five.
Following a mid-week defeat in the League Cup, Arsenal are also struggling to find consistency and will be hoping to find their stride again at the London Stadium.
FORM GUIDE – OVERALL
West Ham have struggled across the last six games, with two losses and two draws in the past four games.
The Gunners have been draw specialists in November as well, with two against Spurs and Man United. By any measure, West Ham’s goal difference over the last 20 games does not make good reading, and they are in negative goal difference for the last six games.
FORM GUIDE – HOME VS AWAY
The toughest thing to stomach for Hammers fans this season has been heavy home losses, with the most recent coming against Watford and Southampton.
In comparison, Arsenal’s haul of 12 points from a possible 18 in the last six away games helps to explain why they are very much in touch with the league leaders.
Arsenal have won four of the last six away at West Ham and the other two have been draws. West Ham did, however, provide a shock 2-0 win last season at the Emirates.
Despite that, it would have to be said that Arsenal look good to pick up some points.
By nearly every measure the Gunners are in significantly better shape going into this game. West Ham aren’t scoring enough and are conceding too many.
However, if West Ham do come out of the blocks quickly and get the first goal – which they have done in more than half of their last ten games – it could well make things difficult for Arsenal.
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