Arsenal vs West Ham United Preview
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang announced his new contract earlier this week to the delight of the Gunners’ faithful. Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s third goal in the away win at Fulham. The Gabonese striker will for sure be fired up and continue his great form which earned him the three-year contract extension. He has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 16 Premier League London derbies, scoring 12 and adding three assists to his phenomenal tally.

West Ham boss David Moyes has never beaten Arsenal as a visiting manager in 19 attempts across four clubs (Preston, Everton, Manchester United, West Ham), with only Chelsea getting the better of him, on 20 occasions. The Hammers are aiming to win their opening Premier League away match for the first time in five seasons. The last time they achieved that feat in 2015/16 was against Arsenal, where then 16-year-old Reece Oxford impressed on his Premier League debut. 

The sides have played each other 48 times in the Premier League, with Arsenal emerging victorious 31 times to the 8 of West Ham, and 9 draws between the teams. Arsenal have historically performed well in the fixture, winning 10 out of the last 11. The Gunners claimed a 1-0 victory at Emirates Stadium when the sides met in March, with Alexandre Lacazette netting the only goal of the game. 

A 0-2 loss against Newcastle United on the opening day of the 2020/21 Premier League season, means West Ham United will need a change in fortunes before their poor start around before it becomes even a significant issue. 

Their 3-0 Carabao Cup victory midweek against Charlton will give players and fans a much-needed boost ahead of their visit to Emirates Stadium. 

Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson both got back on the scoresheet, two players who Moyes dropped for the opening game, threats who could pose a challenge to the Arsenal defence.