Arsenal travel to Upton Park this Saturday hoping to keep three consecutive clean sheets for just the second time in this seasons top flight.
The last meeting between these two sides saw the Hammers steal a 0-2 win at the Emirates Stadium in the opening game of the season. Prior to this meeting, Arsenal had won 9 consecutive games in a row until they lost at the Emirates.
This is a big London derby between Arsenal and West Ham who both look to snatch 3 points at Upton Park this Saturday.
West Ham are desperate to qualify for a Champions League place next year and Arsenal believe they have a chance to catch up with league leaders Leicester.
West Hams manager Steve Bilic said in the press conference today ‘the season is approaching to an end and its very important for them and for us. We are both fighting, either for a place in Europe or, from their point of view, they are trying to be champions. There’s a lot at stake’.
West Ham are in the best form of their generation which has been largely aided by French International Dimitri Payet, who has been involved in 23 goals this season -13 more than any other West Ham Player.
Payet is West Hams main threat to Arsenal, so the Gunners cannot afford to give the ball away cheaply in a dangerous area.
West Ham will also be conscious of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi who are a real danger when paired together.
Petr Cech returned from injury last week but was rested on the bench against Watford. Aaron Ramsey is fit to play but whether Wenger will start Ramsey over Iwobi is another question. Jack Wilshere recently joined first team training earlier this week, but will not be match fit for the Derby tomorrow.
Arsene Wenger has won 9 of his last 16 meetings with the Hammers. Before this it has been 10 years since West Ham enjoyed a win on home soil.
West Ham will cause problems for Arsenal upfront but Arsenal are no longer playing under pressure so I see them in edging a win in this game.
1-2 to Arsenal.
Predicted Starting X1
I think Wenger will make 1 change to his selection replacing David Ospina with Petr Cech, although Ospina has had a brilliant run keeping two clean sheets in a row.