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Why Arsenal should be wary ahead of this weekend fixture at West Ham United .

Arsenal Vs West Ham,

The Gunners faces an uphill task as West Ham welcome Unai Emery’s men for Match Day 21 fixture this weekend. Arsenal might have their injury woes in recent times but the return of six players notably Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil from the treatment room proffer hope for the visitors and the manager as well.

Despite the positives Unai Emery and his side have much to deal with as they tackles West Ham Untied at the London Stadium this weekend.

On this note we evaluate the reasons why Arsenal should be aware of the threat of their opposition.

Aerial Threat

Arsenal might have recorded a convincing 0-3 win against Blackpool but West Ham will prove a tough hurdle for sure this weekend. With Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovuc likely to lead the lines for West Ham United the Gunners must be in for a tough match as regards to aerial battle.


The presence of Andy (Carroll) in the West Ham side makes this a possibility as bong balls will be deployed by the host to get the better of the Gunners.

This have been aided by Robert Snodgrass whose delivery is one of the best in the Premier Leaguer. His cross will test Arsenal aerial awareness when team square off this weekend.

Physical advantage

The home side have got a special advantage over their visitors most especially as some of the Arsenal players are returning to full fitness ahead of this fixture. Arsenal’s milk (shady) nature and inability to compete physically have been their undoing in some games even in time past.

This was evident in previous London fixtures as the likes of (Didier) Drogba and Nicolas Anelka physically overpower the Arsenal’s defence some years back.

The availability of Arnautovic, Zabaleta,Ogbonna would prove to be an assets as they comes up against feeble players like Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil in the Arsenal possible eleven.

London Derby

The fact that this is a London derby makes this match an interesting feature (fixture) in the Premier Leaguer this weekend. The London derbies are known for its hustle-tussle kind of match as a certain level of high competitiveness is usually witnessed.

The atmosphere will be frenetic as the home fans would get behind their team for the sole aim to clip Arsenal’s wing in the fixture.

How well Arsenal can handle these antics remains to be seen as the home fans gets behind the likes of Carroll and Felipe Anderson come kick-off.

Obiweluozo Martins
A professional sportswriter who combs around the world for football matches. I follow the major leagues in Europe and of course the Champions League. I'm also a lover of International football as well as watching the beautiful game from all around the world with an eye on the youth game.

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