A resurgent Arsenal outfit will play against London rivals West Ham United in a Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners enter the game in good form after having won their previous two consecutive league games against Everton and Newcastle.
Arsenal will be looking to record their third consecutive win against the Hammers to give their European qualification hopes another shot in the arm.
However, David Moyes’ West Ham side has improved during the previous two weeks.
The Hammers head into the clash on the back of a win against Southampton and the Irons nearly held Liverpool to a draw two weeks ago before narrowly losing 3-2 against the Premier League’s champions in waiting.
Arsenal will be without Lucas Torreira, according to a report by BBC Sport.
The Uruguay international fractured his ankle whilst playing against Portsmouth in the FA Cup earlier in the week.
The report added that Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney is closing in on a return to action whilst Cedric Soares will return to training next week.
The Gunners won the reverse fixture 3-1 at the London Stadium in December.
The game will be tight. On paper, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side will go into the game as favourites.
However, the Gunners have proven to be very unpredictable this season and it will not be surprising if the game ends in a draw or West Ham even manage to pull off a win.
Though they have been largely underwhelming this season, the Hammers will be confident following their win against the Saints.
That result gave them something to build on as they look to steer clear of the dreaded relegation zone.
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