Arsenal, to extend top spot stay vs West Ham

Arsenal, to extend top spot stay vs West Ham

Arsenal looks to extend their lead in the league table with a win against West Ham United when they meet on their return in the Premier League. Arsenal are currently at the top spot of the Premier League, and have a five-point lead against the top two. As for West Ham, they are at the 16th of the league table with 14 points. Although these two teams are far from each other in the league table, it does not mean that they are a sure-win in this game. These two teams meet on December 27, 2022, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8), when the Arsenal entertain West Ham.

Arsenal and West Ham met for 146 times already, with this match being the 147th meeting between these two teams. From those 146 matches, Arsenal won 71 games, while West Ham won 35 matches, and the remaining 40 games ended in draw. From the last six games these two teams played, the hosts are unbeaten against the visitors, winning five of which. On their last 14 meetings, the only win the visitors had was during the 2018-19 season. This season, no team has more league wins than Arsenal, while West Ham suffered the most defeats this league season.


Premier League: Arsenal
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This squad managed to win their last three games without letting their opponents score. In fact, they are coming from a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. That win is all credit to Martin Odegaard’s goal, keeping them at the top of the league table. After 14 games, they scored 37 points, and are five points ahead of Man City, who is at the second spot. They have a very good home record in the Premier League, holding a 100% record at home. In six games, they managed to score 19 goals, while conceding seven. On their last seven home games against West Ham, they were able to win all those seven games.

Jesus, will be ruled out for Arsenal for three months, due to the knee injury he sustained during their match against Cameroon in the World Cup. Reiss Nelson is also an absentee for Arsenal, following his hamstring injury he sustained. Rowe, and Zinchenko are both out in this game as well, following their injuries.

West Ham United

Premier League: West Ham United

While Arsenal won their last three meetings, West Ham is the exact opposite, losing their last three games, while failing to score in two of them. In fact, they are coming from a 2-0 defeat against Leicester City. Currently, they dropped to the 16th in the league table, with 14 points across their name. This match is crucial for West Ham as they are a point above the relegation zone, and if they lose in this game, they will fall in the relegation zone. They have a poor record this season, and are struggling, which they want to end in this match.

Just like Arsenal, West Ham also have their fitness concerns, as Antonio, and Scamacca are both doubtful for this match. Additionally, Aguerd, and Cresswell are both trying to recover in-time for this game.


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