Arsenal face tough London derby


West Ham United will look to claim the scalp of local rivals Arsenal when the teams meet for a Premier League clash at the London Stadium on Saturday, 12 January 2019, kick-off at 14h30 CAT.

West Ham have struggled for consistency of late, though they boosted their confidence last weekend with a 2-0 home win over Birmingham City in the FA Cup. In league terms, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are placed 10th on the log and their last result was a 2-2 home draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on January 2.

That match featured a brace from Marko Arnautovic and his return to form and fitness is a major boost for the Hammers, who will look to the Austrian as a major weapon against the depleted defence of their opponents.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have bounced back well from the 5-1 hammering they took at the hands of Liverpool late last year. They defeated Fulham 4-1 at home in another Premier League London derby, before a second-string line-up easily cruised past Blackpool 3-0 away in the FA Cup this past weekend.

Manager Unai Emery has a lengthy injury list to cope with – especially in the defensive department – but at least he knows his team has the firepower to hurt West Ham, with the Premier League’s co-leading goal scorer in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his partner in crime Alexandre Lacazette and the in-form Nigerian winger Alex Iwobi.

In head-to-head stats, West Ham and Arsenal have met in 45 Premier League matches. The Gunners have claimed 29 wins compared to seven for the Hammers, while nine games have been drawn.

The teams’ most recent meeting was a Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium in August 2018 which was won 3-1 by Arsenal, thanks to strikes from Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck either side of an own goal from Issa Diop.

West Ham v Arsenal – Head-to-head, Premier League

Matches played 45

West Ham wins 7

Arsenal wins 29

Draws 9

Last five results (League only, most recent first)

West Ham DLWLW
Arsenal WLDWL