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15 December, 2021

AUTHOR: James Dowen

STAR PREVIEW Weds: Arsenal v West Ham United

Arsenal will be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a tough Premier League clash with Champions League-chasing West Ham on Wednesday night after the Gabon international was stripped of the club captaincy for a ‘disciplinary breach’.

It was reported that the decision was made after Aubameyang returned back from a trip to France a day later than agreed. That, coupled with the Arsenal’s striker’s poor form in front of goal of late, has now led Arteta to make the decision to remove the captaincy from him and omit him from the squad for this West Ham clash.

The timing of this will be frustrating for Arsenal, coming just days after a very positive performance and result against Southampton in the Premier League. Goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Magalhaes were enough to see off the Saints and secure an important 3-0 win for the Gunners to move them just two points behind Wednesday’s opponents.

Arsenal v West Ham United
Premier League
20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
MAR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 3-3 Arsenal
SEP 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-1 West Ham
MAR 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-0 West Ham
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-3 Arsenal
JAN 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-0 Arsenal
AUG 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 3-1 West Ham
APR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 4-1 West Ham
DEC 2017 LEAGUE CUP Arsenal 1-0 West Ham
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 0-0 Arsenal
APR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 3-0 West Ham

West Ham United manager David Moyes said his players have to “get back up to the high standards” they have set after picking up just one victory in their last five Premier League matches.

Their latest result was a dull and drab goalless draw with struggling Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon. Moyes may well feel his side should have had a penalty in the first-half when Dwight McNeil caught Craig Dawson in the box but, overall, the performance was, as Moyes rightly points out, nowhere near the standards that the Hammers have set.

They’ll be eager to recapture some of the magic that has seen them pick up victories over Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea already this season, especially in time for this crucial clash between fourth and fifth in the Premier League.

However, Arsenal look strong at home at the moment and this will be a tough ask for West Ham. Although the Hammers have caused their fair share of upsets already this season, we’re backing Arsenal to win here. We’re also tipping Martin Odegaard to continue his impressive form and get on the score-sheet.


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