Looking at West Ham to begin with, they have started the campaign extremely well and currently sit on eleven points in the league.
The Hammers had an excellent win at Queens Park Rangers on Monday evening and can come into this game full of confidence.
It is likely that Andy Carroll will feature on Saturday and he could even start after a month of the sidelines. Carroll’s physical presence is sure to cause Arsenal plenty of problems.
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Sam Allardyce has plenty of players with Premier League experience to call upon in this one and the likes of Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble will play a big part.
If Upton Park is rocking and West Ham come flying out of the traps, they certainly have a chance here.
Predictably, the bookmakers do not fancy the Hammers’s chances, but the 3/1 on offer from Paddy Power could interest punters looking for value in the weekend coupon.
Allardyce has built a tough side to beat, and his side are now up to seventh in the Premiership and are undefeated in their last four games.
As for Arsenal, it has been a fairly mixed start to their season and were defeated for the first time against Chelsea on home soil last weekend, and for once their much improved defence, – under the leadership of ex Gunners legend Steve Bould, looked surprisingly brittle against the set piece.
The Gunners are looking to mount a genuine title challenge this campaign and if they are to do that, have to come to places like West Ham and pick up points – especially after a defeat.
Arsene Wenger will be pleased with how his men bounced back from last weekend on Wednesday evening though as they beat Greek side Olympiakos 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger’s team do seem to be a strong outfit this year though and have the ability to grind out a result if they need to, and finally front man Gervinho looks to be gaining confidence and form in front of goal, finding the opener in the midweek game and also hitting the net against Chelsea last weekend.
He looks Arsenal’s most likely threat going forward and can be backed at 7/1 with Paddy Power, which looks to big to miss.
Upton Park is not the easiest place to travel too, especially when there is the added spice of a London derby – but if Arsenal at their best, then they should have enough to come out on top.
It is all set for a thrilling game between two sides with contrasting, but equally effective styles of football.