Arsenal are back in action on Saturday night at home against another London rival, West Ham United.
The Gunners secured a 3-0 away win on the opening weekend of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign against newly-promoted Fulham to go top of the League after matchday 1.
Arsenal would want to continue in that form for as much as they can as it seems like their top priority this season is at least a top-four finish.
West Ham, on the other hand, fell to the sword on Match Day 1 at home to Newcastle United and would as much as possible, try to avoid a repeat in tonight’s clash.
David Moyes, however, hopes his side can get back on track at the Emirates tonight, which obviously is a difficult task. But, this is football.
Arsenal defender David Luiz is back from his injury lay off and fit for Saturday’s Premier League visit of London rivals West Ham.
The Brazilian missed Match Day 1 due to a neck spasm but is now in contention to face the Hammers.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (calf), Pablo Mari (ankle), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Emile Smith Rowe (shoulder), Calum Chambers, and Gabriel Martinelli (both knee) are all still missing while William Saliba who featured for the U-21s this week waits to make his debut.
West Ham’s captain Mark Noble faces a late fitness test after he missed training on Friday with a toe injury.
David Moyes has said he hopes to have him available at the Emirates.
Jack Wilshere is also back in training after an ankle injury but is not expected to start against his old club.
Stats heading into the match (Backed by Opta)
- Arsenal have won 10 of their last 11 home games against West Ham United in all competitions, with the only exception being on the opening day of the 2015-16 Premier League season (0-2).
- West Ham United have lost more Premier League matches against Arsenal (31) than versus any other opponent, while only against Everton (34) have the Gunners enjoyed more wins in the competition than they have over the Hammers.
- West Ham have lost each of their last three Premier League London derbies away from home, while they are yet to win such a match with David Moyes in charge (W0 D2 L3). In top-flight history, West Ham have lost 199 of their 484 London derbies, and could become the second side to lose 200 such matches (Tottenham, 213).
- Arsenal have lost their first home game in five of the last nine Premier League campaigns (W3 D1), which includes a defeat against West Ham in 2015-16. The Gunners had won eight of their previous nine such games before this run (D1).
- After a run of seven straight away losses between December and June last season, West Ham remained unbeaten in their final three away games of 2019-20 (W1 D2), with Michail Antonio netting six of their seven goals in this run.
- West Ham haven’t won their first away league game of the season in any of their last four campaigns (D1 L3) . However, their last such win was at Arsenal on the opening day of the 2015-16 season..
Arsenal 2 – 0 West Ham United