West Ham vs Arsenal preview, line-up and score prediction by KJ
The last month has been high octane with games against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea. However, starting today, Arsenal will finally have a run of games against lower opposition. This starts at Upton Park against newly promoted West Ham Utd.
Although WHU have just been promoted, they’ve made big name signings in Jarvis, Diame, Carroll etc. meaning that they will definitely not be a walk in the park. The boys will have to dig deep to get a result today.
Allardyce will set up his team to be extremely hard to break down as well as resorting to long balls as a viable outlet when possible. However, he has also set up his team very well technically and they can play to foot when needed. That’s the most vital feature that Wenger should not overlook. If we focus on the aerial threat, we could be exploited on the ground.
This game will be won or loss by the form of our goalkeeper, Vito Mannone. I recently wrote an article on why I’m not very happy with his current performances. I really struggle seeing us getting sufficient results with him in goal. However, I’d love to be proven wrong.
Jenkinson Mertesacker Vermaelan Gibbs
Gervinho Cazorla Podolski
I obviously want to see Giroud start as I feel he’s ready to start games for us. This would of course shift Gervinho out wide but I’m confident that the Ivorian will thrive in a supporting role.
It’s going to be a difficult match but if we remain concentrated, I can see us scraping a 2-1 win.
The Arsenal game will be streaming live on justlivestreaming.com from five minutes before kick-off