A well rested Arsenal side travel to east London to take on West Ham this afternoon. The last two weeks couldn’t have gone any better for the Gunners with back to back wins over Chelsea and Manchester United. Mikel Arteta and his team are back in the driver’s seat for a top four finish and a return to Champions League.
West Ham are in the latter stages of the Europa League and just played Frankfurt Thursday night. They lost that first leg 2-1 and have the return fixture in just four days. The difficulty of a congested schedule is compounded by several injuries and suspensions in the heart of defense. An inform Arsenal should cause them plenty of problems.
The Hammers have scored in every home match this season and I suspect they will keep that streak going today. A rested Arsenal should create plenty of chances as well. Most people will look at Arsenal moneyline at -130 and be happy to drink the juice. As a longtime Gooner I must admit something feels a bit off about this match. When everything lines up for a straightforward result we’ve often found a way to make things difficult for ourselves.
I could see goals from any number of players, Antonio has the pace and power to give Arsenal’s back line trouble. Eddie Nketiah will take up great spots and I can see him poaching one as well. My official play is going to be a parlay Both Teams To Score and Under 4.5 goals which comes to +110.