West Ham vs Arsenal by Rahul
West Ham come off a disappointing loss to Chelsea where they failed to step up to the challenge against them but face another tough London derby against the Gunners but this time they have home ground advantage. The Hammers fans are known to be one of the most passionate around, and their support will be instrumental in helping them get a result here. Alex Song and Diafra Sakho didn't start against Chelsea so both of them will be well rested to make their appearance in this game. Song in particular is someone that Allardyce will turn to, as he knows the style that Arsenal plays, and will be extremely key to ensure that play is broken up to let the Hammers counter attack.
Arsenal escaped a lucky 2-1 victory over QPR on Friday, but showed defensively how vulnerable they can be if a good team goes after them on the counter attack and body strength and height which West Ham will definitely provide. On the offensive end, its purely the form of Sanchez who has been keeping them alive in games with his goal scoring performance but also assists. Other than him Santi Cazorla has been extremely creative and his ambidextrous kicking helps the team in different situations. Giroud will be suspended, which should see Oxlade-Chamberlain come in to the lineup along with Sanchez and Welbeck up front which will give the Gunners come good pace with which to attack the Hammers.
Both these teams have always played exciting counters with Arsenal winning all of their last 5 games with at least 3 goals being scored; and I expect that this game will be a goal fest especially with teams feeling the exhaustion with only 1 day of rest.
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