An impressive victory in the opening match, Arsenal were eager to welcome West Ham in the second match of the season.
Verdict Arsenal vs West Ham – Round 2 of the Premier League
2h00 on 8/20 | Stadium: Emirates
Arsenal faced West Ham as the earliest match of the second round of the Premier League. With a perfect start against Fulham in the opening match, Arsenal continue towards victory over their next opponent – West Ham.
Arsenal and West Ham were at two different extremes after the first round ended. Arsenal ran smoothly and beat Fulham 3-0 on the field of this team, also the first London derby of the season. And West Ham, they “dry shirt” 0-2 before the visitors from the Northeast, Newcastle.
Not just losing, West Ham is revealing no small problems. It seems that the quarrel between captain Mark Noble and the club has affected the team’s preparation ahead of the new season. There are still certain additions like Soucek or Bowen. Captain Noble also played professionally after all the controversy, but the results on the pitch showed it all. West Ham lost 0-2 to Newcastle.
In an unstable situation, West Ham has to face Arsenal again – the team they have lost 31 times in their entire history of confrontation (More than any other team).
In terms of performance at Arsenal’s home ground, West Ham has 10 out of 11 defeats against the Gunners.
The Hammers’ only boost was a 3-0 win at the League Cup midweek. Even so, it was just a victory over the lower ranked opponent. Arsenal is really a reagent for David Moyes teachers and students in the next match.
For Arsenal, this will be the second London derby in a row, after the match with Fulham.
Arsenal are likely to face a lack of rhythm player Granit Xhaka. The Swiss international has a bit of a leg problem. It will be an opportunity for Dani Ceballos, the star who has just been borrowed by Arsenal from Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, West Ham will have some significant changes following their defeat to Newcastle. Rookie Souceck will have to give up his position to Manuel Lanzini, who has a much better understanding of West Ham as well as the Premier League.
In addition, Brazilian attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson is likely to start from the beginning. He will be a big threat to Arsenal’s right corridor, where Hector Bellerin is held.
Expected squad Arsenal vs West Ham
Arsenal: Leno (GK); Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Elneny, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang
West Ham: Fabianski (GK); Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble, Anderson, Lanzini, Bowen; Antonio.
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