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Arsenal v West Ham – Match Preview and Predicted Line-ups

Arsenal host West Ham United at the Emirates on Saturday evening, the Gunners looking to make it two wins from two in the Premier League so far this season.

Here’s all you need to know about Saturday’s clash in North London:

How did Arsenal get on on opening weekend?

Mikel Arteta’s side got off to the best possible start to the 2020/21 campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win away at newly-promoted Fulham last weekend.

The Gunners survived some early pressure from the visitors, with debutant Gabriel Magalhaes almost letting in Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara with an early gift. Luckily for the Brazilian, the Cottagers failed to capitalise, with Alexandre Lacazette, Magalhaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all going on to duly punish Scott Parker’s side.

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Despite a number of promising performances, the real star of the show was former Chelsea winger Willian, who grabbed two assists on his Gunners debut as his free transfer continues to look a particularly shrewd piece of business. The feel-good factor around the Emirates then further increased earlier this week with the news that talismanic striker Aubameyang finally committed his future to the club by signing a new contract.

As for Saturday’s meeting, Arteta will again have to make do without defensive duo David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi, while the resurgent Granit Xhaka is also a doubt having picked up a slight ankle knock at the weekend.

How did West Ham get on on opening weekend?

After all the chaos surrounding the Hammers decision to sell highly-rated youngster Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion, a win against Newcastle United at the weekend would have gone a long way in putting to bed a lot of the negativity surrounding the club of late.

Unfortunately for David Moyes, his side were as uninspiring as their recent transfer activity and succumbed to a 2-0 defeat following goals from the Magpies new additions Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick.

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With a trip to North London next up there is little time to dwell on the opening weekend defeat, as the Hammers look to avoid being dragged into yet another relegation dogfight this season.

It’s not all doom and gloom for the away side however as they are likely to have a full complement of players to choose from for Saturday’s fixture, as Moyes comes up against a man he formerly managed, Areta making 162 Premier League appearances under Moyes during their six-season spell together at Everton.

Last Meeting – Arsenal 1-0 West Ham, 7 March 2020

It was Arsenal who claimed all three points the last time the two sides met, with Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette netting a 78th minute winner at the Emirates.

The result was a heavy blow to the away side who had potentially the better opportunities during the match, with both Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen coming closest to beating Bernd Leno.

While the game itself was somewhat underwhelming, it was each club’s last Premier League fixture before the emergence of COVID-19 caused a long extended hiatus from competitive action.

Predicted Line ups

Arsenal: Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Xhaka, Elneny, Maitland-Niles; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Willian.

West Ham United: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Fornals, Antonio.

Who is the referee? 

Michael Oliver

How can I watch?

UK and Irish readers can watch the match on Sky Sports Premier League

What time is kick off?

20:00 BST

Odds

Arsenal 1/2

West Ham 11/2

Draw 19/5

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