In the next edition of “must-win” games for West Ham, they travel across London to face off against Arsenal. Last time out the Irons lost, but how will they fare this time?
It is getting to the point of the season for West Ham where every match really does matter. After keeping it close to Liverpool and dominating the Saints, this match away at the Emirates is beyond huge. How did we all predict it would go? Stick around and find out!
Gunners 2-1 Hammers
I think it will be 2-1 to Arsenal but it will be a very tight game. Arsenal isn’t in great form and has shown that their weaknesses are certainly in defense. West Ham should try to build on their impressive performance against Southampton but the quality of Arsenal’s attack will prove to be too much for the Hammers who will concede twice with Aubameyang scoring both.
They should look to try to expose Arsenal’s defense through the pace of Michail Antonio and Bowen and I think Jarrod Bowen will put West Ham 1-0 up. West Ham is still shaky at the back however and it will be a very tough game that they won’t win.
Arsenal 2-2 West Ham
I refuse to believe that the Hammers will lose this match, however, it will be tight and even more nervy than last time out. The momentum for the Hammers will still be there and we should see the likes of Antonio, Bowen, and Sebastien Haller still in really good form.
As for the Gooners… they are or at least have been down and out a lot this season and have very little to show for their mediocre season. But with all of that in mind, they will still come out needing this win just as much as we do. Nicolas Pepe and Aubameyang will keep this match deadlocked and see both London clubs come away with a point.
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Gunners 2-3 Hammers
After the Liverpool and Southampton games, it feels like the good times are starting to come back to West Ham. With Arsenal still stuttering under Mikel Arteta, I think there could be a chance for the Hammers to nick a crucial win over the Gunners.
David Moyes has all the tools at his disposal to infiltrate Arsenal’s fragile backline. If Michail Antonio, Sebastien Haller, Jarrod Bowen, and Pablo Fornals are reunited on the pitch they could blow Arsenal out of the water.
Arsenal 0-2 West Ham
Call me crazy, but I’m liking what I’m seeing from the Hammers right now in a 4-4-2 formation. Bowen and Fornals are buying in on both sides of the ball out wide, Antonio and Haller are working together extremely well, and the defense has seemingly limited their individual errors. Outside of footballing, there is a lot of turmoil at Arsenal right now following their loss to Olympiakos.
Their forwards are always going to be dangerous based on their pace, but their defense is very shaky and vulnerable to set-piece bullying from the Hammers’ extremely tall targets. This could be a mental battle for the Hammers to win, and an early goal could see pressure mount on Arsenal quickly at the Emirates.
Gunners 2-2 Hammers
With Arsenal lacking identity and a solid defensive line, the Hammers can exploit them with their newly found confidence and striking ability. Arsenal still has the quality and will be able to get past the west ham midfield to give us a well-fought draw.
Overall, 2 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss. Confident yet cautious is a good phrase for the staff as you never really know which team you could see at the moment. Let us know what you think the outcome will be and until then, COME ON YOU IRONS!