Arsenal have a second London derby of the new English Premier League season in their sights, as they go up against troubled West Ham on Saturday night at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners kicked off the new EPL campaign last Saturday lunchtime with a resounding 3-0 victory at promoted Fulham, with deadly duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both on target.
New signing Gabriel notched the other goal on debut, while fellow new recruit Willian was heavily involved following his summer switch from Chelsea.
Granit Xhaka is the only fresh injury doubt, with the midfielder hobbling off to join the likes of David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi on the sidelines.
While Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta came away from his first fixture beaming, the same can’t be said for opposite number David Moyes.
West Ham backed up yet another turbulent off season with 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle on the opening Premier League weekend.
It was a grim opener for the club who copped criticism from their own captain, Mark Noble, for selling young Grady Diangana on the eve of the new campaign.
Takeover speculation also swirled around the London Stadium during the week, with the Hammers in increasing need of stability, on and off the pitch.
Arsenal vs West Ham: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained.
The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Arsenal vs West Ham: Line-up predictions
Probable Arsenal Starting XI: Bernd Leno, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Mohamed Elneny, Dani Ceballos, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Willian, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Probable West Ham Starting XI: Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen, Mark Noble, Felipe Anderson, Sebastien Haller.
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