Arsenal will aiming to continue the perfect start to their 2020-21 Premier League campaign when they host West Ham United at Emirates on Saturday night.
It is still early days in the 2020-21 English Premier League season and we are already into the second round of fixtures. This time around, it’s a full gameweek, with all 20 teams set to take the field. Early leaders Arsenal will close the proceedings on Saturday night, when they welcome West Ham United at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have been in the middle of a transitional period since the turn of the year. With Mikel Arteta at the helm now, positive changes have been seen at the Emirates and the club seems to be headed in the right direction, despite off-field issues.
Winning the FA Cup against Chelsea and Community Shield against Liverpool seems to be the Gunners’ first definitive step back towards the upper echelons of English football. The Gunners kicked off their 2020-21 Premier League campaign with a bang as well, comfortable beating newly-promoted Fulham 3-0 last week.
West Ham United, on the other hand, began their season on a whimper, going down 2-0 at home to Newcastle United in matchday 1.
David Moyes will hope that a story similar to recent season, wherein the Hammers have vigorously blown hot and cold, does not unfurl this time around and will be eager to quickly find stable footing.
The reverse fixture last season saw Mikel Arteta’s side narrowly eking out a 1-0 win over West Ham, courtesy a 78th minute strike by Alexandre Lacazette. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, Sportarena takes a closer look at the Premier League encounter.
Team News & Tactics
Mikel Arteta has seen his squad’s injury troubles ease up considerably ahead of his side’s second Premier League game of the season against West Ham United on Saturday night, the Gunners manager will only be without six first-team players.
The players who do miss out for the host are Pablo Mari (ankle) Emile Smith-Rowe (shoulder) Calum Chambers (knee), Shkodran Mustafi (thigh), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (thigh) and Gabriel Martinelli (knee). However, the good news for Arsenal is that David Luiz has rejoined full training and is in contention to start against West Ham United.
Probable Lineup (3-4-3): Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang
West Ham United
Unlike his counterpart in the Arsenal dugout, David Moyes hardly has any fitness issues hampering his preparations ahead of the short trip to the Emirates stadium. On Saturday, the West Ham United boss will only have a couple of players unavailable in the worst case scenario.
Mark Noble faces a late fitness test after missing training on Friday due to a toe injury. Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is a major doubt as well, as he recovers from an ankle complaint and could miss the trip to his former stomping ground.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Bowen, Rice, Soucek, Anderson; Antonio, Haller
- Arsenal have prevailed over West Ham United in 10 of their last 11 meetings across all competitions. In fact, the Hammers have lost 31 Premier League matches versus Arsenal, more than against any other opponent.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in nine home Premier League games this calendar year (W7 D2), scoring 21 goals and conceding seven. The Gunners, though, have won only three of their last nine season-opening home league games (D1 L5)
- West Ham United are aiming to win their opening Premier League away match for the first time in five seasons. The last time they achieved that feat in 2015/16, it was at Arsenal.
- West Ham United manager David Moyes has never won away to Arsenal as a manager in any competition, drawing four and losing 15 of his 19 matches.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 16 Premier League London derbies, scoring 12 times and adding three assists.
Who else but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a week when he has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal at the Emirates. Now one of the best-paid players in the Premier League, the Arsenal captain will be raring to go, having seen all the air of uncertainty around his future dissipating for good.
The focus for Aubameyang will now be to continue doing what he does best – turn up in the box and find the back of the net. Last weekend, he could have easily had a larger haul, had things gone his way.
With Mohamed Salah taking an early lead in the Golden Boot race, Aubameyang will be keen for a big performance, not just to celebrate the Arsenal renewal but also to close the gap on Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah.
Arsenal 3-0 West Ham United