West Ham embarks on a mission to make their top-four bid official before the international break when they welcome home Arsenal this weekend. The match schedules for Sunday at London Stadium with kickoff at 6 pm.
The hosts currently occupy the fifth position in the table- where Arteta’s men were hoping to start at the start of the campaign- but currently sit tenth. However, the Hammers have an exceptional finish to their campaign.
David Moye’s return to Old Trafford evoked different emotions for the Scotsman but failed to take a stance with a 1-0 defeat after a Craig Dawson own goal. After suffering a 1-0 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup followed by a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, the Hammers find themselves without a win from another trip to North West.
The capital outfit has lost two of their last three games – with a 2-0 win over Leeds United sandwiched between the games. However, they remain in contention for a top-four finish, especially with the unpredictability of the league.
Arsenal managed to make it to the Europa League quarter-finals after a 4-3 aggregate win over Olympiacos. What might come as a source of joy for Gunners was Tottenham’s loss against Dinamo Zagreb. Europa League remains the only route for Arteta to get some Champions League football.
West Ham United vs Arsenal Head to Head
Both sides have 28 games against each other, with West Ham taking three wins while Arsenal with 21 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Man United 1-0 West Ham
West Ham 2-0 Leeds United
Man City 2-1 West Ham
West Ham 2-1 Tottenham
West Ham 3-0 Sheffield United
Arsenal 0-1 Olympiacos
Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham
Olympiacos 1-3 Arsenal
Burnley 1-1 Arsenal
Leicester City 1-3 Arsenal
West Ham United Team News
Moyes will be more than glad to welcome back Jesse Lingard back to the fold after being ineligible against Manchester United. The England international makes a timely return with Pablo Fornals and Yarmolenko missing out with injuries.
Arsenal Team News
Young sensation Gabrielle Martinelli keeps pushing for a recall as a centre forward after coming on during the dyeing minutes against Olympiacos. There remain injury doubts over the availability of Bukayo Saka, who earned another England call-up. Pablo Mari and Holding partnership might start at the back.
Prediction and Odds
This match means so much for the home opponents in their top-four bid, but Arsenal might spoil the party.
Both Teams to Score
Lingard to Score