Buoyant Arsenal will be hoping to heighten West Ham’s misery as they welcome the Hammers to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League.
Both sides opening fixtures could not have gone more differently, with Arsenal opening their 2020/21 account with a convincing 0-3 win at Fulham and West Ham comfortably turned over by Newcastle United.
And you feel the Gunners will be even more confident heading in to this one following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s committal to the club for a further 3 years.
Arsenal’s talismanic captain has bagged 72 goals in 111 games since his arrival in North London in 2018 and will no doubt be looking to increase his tally against a West Ham side who looked all at sea last time out.
The Hammers’ transfer business has been a subject of frustration amongst the fan base, with the sale of promising academy graduate Grady Diangana being met with anger amongst supporters.
Coupled with a lack of incomings, frustrations have grown towards the club’s owners, who recently had a bid of £32m for Burnley centre back James Tarkowski knocked back by the Clarets, who are adamant the defender isn’t for sale.
There appears to be a grey cloud over the London Stadium right now, with the chances of it lifting against Arsenal looking slim considering West Ham have lost more times against the Gunners than any other opponent in the Premier League era.
Perhaps the only signs of encouragement for boss David Moyes is that West Ham have a relatively clean bill of health, with Manuel Lanzini seemingly over his latest injury concern and in line for selection.
For Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, defensive issues continue to be a concern, with David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Pablo Mari all out of the game at the Emirates.
However, Gabriel’s performance on debut last week will encourage Gunners fans, who have high hopes for the season.
Midfielder Granit Xhaka is touch and go for the fixture with the Hammers, after picking up a knock against Fulham.
Arsenal v West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium kicks off at 2000 on Saturday, 19th September.