The Hammers struggled to break down a resolute Burnley defence at the weekend, while the Gunners strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton and will be looking to win in front of their fans when David Moyes’ men come visiting.
Merson reckons his old team should edge out West Ham, predicting a 2-1 victory for them while previewing the clash in his Sportskeeda column.
“I think Arsenal will win this one, they’ll make their home advantage count. West Ham look a bit tired at times and tend to rely on a group of players too much, which has started to show a bit in recent weeks.
“As for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, I don’t think he will return to the team immediately. He was punished by Mikel Arteta and wasn’t part of the matchday squad for the Premier League encounter against Southampton, so I’ll be shocked if he was named in the starting XI for this one.”
Despite their disappointing draw on Sunday (12 December), the Hammers have produced the goods against the top teams in 2021-22, securing impressive wins at the expense of the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, while also sealing cup victories over Manchester United and Manchester City.
Arsenal vs West Ham is likely to be a high-scoring game, and while there are no favourites, the London Stadium outfit will be playing for a win in order to retain their place in fourth position in the Premier League table.
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