Looking to close their European deficit after booking their spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s FA Cup on Monday night, Arsenal will welcome an optimistic West Ham to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
Eventually picking up a 2-0 win away at League One high-flyers Portsmouth earlier in the week, the Gunners are still looking to put their Europa League heartbreak behind to and extend on their Premier League unbeaten run that stems back to the 29th of December.
On the flip side, while West Ham might still find themselves in the midst of a real relegation scrap, the Hammers put in what was a much-needed display in their 3-1 win over Southampton in East London.
However, while Saturday’s guests should take plenty of positives from last time out, David Moyes’ side do hold a worrying record against the former champions.
Throwing away the lead and hit with a 3-1 defeat when they hosted Arsenal earlier in the season, West Ham have lost four of their last five meetings against the Gunners and a similar home victory can be found priced at 8/13 with Coral for this weekend.
The Gunners seeking a response
While Arsenal may have managed to put in a dominant second-half display at Fratton Park on Monday night, there is no doubt that Mikel Arteta will be demanding his side fully put their European heartbreak behind them.
Watching Greek giants Olympiacos snatch a last-gasp winner in extra-time last week, the FA Cup now remains the only piece of silverware available to the Gunners.
Still winning four of their last five matches across all competitions and snatching a 3-2 win off of Everton in their last Premier League outing, there is no doubt that fans around the Emirates will be glad to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang make a return this weekend.
Sitting out of Monday’s trip to the South Coast after missing a golden chance against Olympiacos, the Gabon international still remains Arsenal’s standout performer this season.
Bagging a brace against Everton, the Gunners’ skipper has found the net in back-to-back matchups and has now recorded seven strikes in his last nine outings.
Also finding the net at the London Stadium earlier in the campaign, you might be interested to know that Aubameyang can be found priced at 4/6 with Ladbrokes to extend on his tally this weekend.
Signs of life for the Hammers?
Putting in what was a much-needed performance in East London last weekend, West Ham managed to land their first Premier League victory since New Year’s Day and David Moyes was rightfully excited by his side’s display.
Picking up what was a deserved 3-1 win against Southampton, the former Manchester United boss has seen his side find a route out of the drop zone and starting to show a real clinical edge in the final third.
Taking plenty of positives away from what eventually turned out to be a close-fought 3-2 defeat at Anfield last week, Saturday’s guests have now bagged at least a pair of goals in three of their last four appearances.
If West Ham are to extend their buffer over the drop zone and record their first win at the Emirates since 2015, then Moyes will be hoping for January arrival Jarrod Bowen to carry on where he left off last weekend.
Making an immediate impact at the London Stadium and putting in a Man of the Match display on his full debut, the former Hull winger opened his Hammers account against the Saints last time out and can be found priced at 3/1 with William Hill to once again find the net this weekend.