Arsenal enjoyed a pre-christmas win over Brighton at home and totally dominated their opponents. The 2-0 scoreline could have been a lot more with Arsenal seeing off their bogey team of recent years.
Gabriel Jesus and Kai Havertz were on the scoresheet that day and with Arsenal having options of goals from these two, plus Saka, Martinelli and Odegaard, there is optimism that this could be the year Arsenal go one step further.
Defensively Arsenal have improved compared to last year with the opportunities they give to opponents limited and this will play a massive part if Arsenal are to secure their first Premier League title in 20 years.
Arsenal usually enjoy the visit of West Ham and, this time last year, Arsenal ran out 3 v 1 winners with an impressive display. Declan Rice faces his old team and he has been superb in this first half of the season for The Gunners. Rice has settled in very well and proving every penny of the £105M fee that Arsenal paid for him.
For West Ham, they continue to show inconstant form and a home they have put in some big performances with wins over Chelsea and Wolves, but away from home they have suffered with loses at Brentford and in the Carabao Cup, Liverpool overpowered them.
Having the Europa League and many games in the first half of the season, West Ham are rotating their squad and with Rice now missing, they need to bolster their midfield to compete with Arsenal in this game.
Should Arsenal play the level they can, this could be a long evening for West Ham as with Saka and Martinelli down the wings, they will cause West Ham full backs to have nightmares with their pace and skills.
Mikel Arteta knows Arsenal need to keep winning to maintain their title challenge as one small slip could invite Liverpool, Manchester City or Aston Villa a chance to move clear at the top of the table.
These games usually have plenty of goals as it could well be another goal feast at The Emirates as Arsenal come back after Christmas to a big win over their London opponents.
|Arsenal to win
|9/2 William Hill
|West Ham to win
|Arsenal to win and both teams to score
|19/10 William Hill
Arsenal are odds on favourites for this one and there is no value in backing The Gunners to win this one.
An alternative angle is to look at goals and knowing Arsenal can concede which they have done at home to Nottingham Forest Wolves, West Ham can pose a threat with Bowen and Ward Prowse’s set pieces.
Therefore, our punters.pub bet of the day is Arsenal to win and both teams to score which is 19/10 with William Hill.