A shorter away trip sees us travel to the London Stadium where Arsenal were dominant in their only previous visit last year in a 5-1 thrashing.
West Ham away has been a pretty generous fixture of late for Arsenal, having won four of the last five visits to the Hammers but today’s proposition could be a bit different.
We’re not in the best form, coming off the back of the Manchester United defeat and Southampton draw, both games saw us concede early.
Whereas West Ham, who have looked better under David Moyes will be coming into this game fresh off a win against champions Chelsea.
Sizing up the competition, Arsene Wenger admitted he hasn’t been surprised with the Hammers’ up-turn in form:
“They were unlucky against City and built some confidence against Chelsea so it will be a game against a more dangerous West Ham.
“Moyes has a lot of experience to build them up so I’m not surprised. He’s a very experienced manager in the Premier League”
Someone in the Arsenal ranks who has proved the worth of his experience though is Olivier Giroud who rescued another result for us on the weekend.
That late header at Southampton was the Frenchman’s fourth goal in as many games. But whether that’s enough to get him on the pitch from minute one, or just confirm his qualities as a ‘super sub’ by equalling Ole Gunnar Soljkaer’s record for goals as a sub (17).
On Giroud’s situation, Wenger said:
“I can understand every frustration of every player but that’s part of the job at a big club, I have plenty of good strikers and you cannot play all of them together.
“He’s (Giroud) a very important player and I have a big respect for him.”
One player that’s also impressed this season is Shkodran Mustafi but Wenger revealed that the defender wont be available tonight after his injury against Manchester United last week.
With that in mind, and the fixture list becoming very packed this month, that could bring the opportunity to give some of the ‘B Team’ to get some Premier League minutes and create a good headache for Wenger.
The player that most Arsenal fans are waiting to see start in the Premier League is Jack Wilshere, whose been performing excellently in the Europa League and his league cameos.
However, with Granit Xhaka not particularly in the best form and Aaron Ramsey out with a hamstring problem, this could be the perfect time to blood him and others into the Premier League ‘A team’.