EPL: Gunners vs Hammers







Arsenal will look to win a row to kick off their Premier League campaign as they host West Ham to Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners easily took a 3-0 win over Fulham in the first match of the season, while West Ham was beaten 2-0 by Newcastle United in their opening home match.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who signed a new contract for the week, has scored eight goals in his last six appearances for Arsenal in all competitions. Arsenal still don't have defenders David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Pablo Mari in their first home game of the season, leaving Arteta with limited options in the defense. Granit Xhaka received a knock out last time that left him under suspicion for this match, which could open up the chance for Dani Ceballos to come on alongside Mohamed Elneny. Given their performances at Craven Cottage and the fact that they've had a week of rest, the changes that come into effect are unlikely to come this weekend, so similar three fronts can be expected. If nothing else, coach Mikel Arteta has certainly made Arsenal supporters trust in their club again after just 9 months of work. The Gunners played their dynamics from the end of last season to 2020-21, starting with a win over Liverpool at Community Shield and a victory over Fulham last week. Now it's 6 wins out of their last 7 matches, including a Community Shield win and they'll look to maintain the feel-good factor. Arsenal also beat West Ham in 10 of the last 11 home encounters in all competitions

As for the visitors, Manuel Lanzini has overcome his injury and is able to kick this match at Emirates' home ground. Sebastien Haller scored in his first match against Charlton in the national cup, helping Moyes decide to send him center-forward. Felipe Anderson also scored against Addicks, and it was more likely that Pablo Fornals would drop out of the squad than Michail Antonio. David Moyes can certainly do with a surprise win this weekend after last week's poor performance, with Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick scoring to help Newcastle win 2-0. West Ham made a comeback with a 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic in the second round of the EFL Cup midweek, but that did not help worried supporters. The East London team has a difficult way ahead.  




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