By William Hill
Last Updated: 9th December 2019
As they prepare to kick-off their 16th fixture of the season, Arsenal find themselves a whopping 27 points adrift of leaders Liverpool and just four away from the relegation zone.
They are without a win in six Premier League away games, despite playing the likes of Norwich, Sheffield United and Watford in that time. Could things be about to get worse for the Gunners at West Ham on Monday night?
West Ham to land another blow
West Ham haven’t won back-to-back home league games against Arsenal since October 1984 and they won’t be given many better chances to do so than Monday night’s game under the floodlights.
Declan Rice scored the only goal of the game in their last meeting and with Arsenal without a win in nine in all competitions this season, he and his team-mates will see this as a very winnable fixture.
Of course, the Hammers aren’t exactly on fire at the moment having lost four of their last five league games. However, they showed away at Stamford Bridge that they do have the ability to surprise.
They may have struggled to back that up away at Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek, but they missed a gilt-edged chance to level the scores and were only killed off by a late goal.
Arsenal fans were delighted to see the back of Unai Emery when he was given the chop but the boost a team receives under a new boss has failed to materialise under interim coach Freddie Ljungberg.
The Gunners have also won just one of their last 11 away Premier League matches in December (W1 D6 L4) and West Ham are a tempting 23/10 to claim all three points and extend Ljungberg’s woes.
Expect to see one of Antonio’s dances
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 86% of Arsenal’s away Premier League goals this season, something the West Ham backline will be fully aware of going into the match.
The Gabon international is without doubt the north London side’s best player and it’s no surprise to see him linked with a move to a Champions League side, potentially as early as January.
However, he has failed to get the better of West Ham’s defence in three appearances – the most games he has played against an opponent without scoring – so a goal isn’t a given.
He put in a man-of-the-match performance when West Ham beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and will put the fear of god into Arsenal’s defence regardless of whether he plays up top or out wide.