Paul Merson feels Arsenal could take advantage of West Ham’s fatigue when the two London sides lock horns on Wednesday night.
Arsenal travel to the London Stadium to play the Hammers on Wednesday, as the winter schedule enters full swing. West Ham could prove to be obstinate opponents after defeating Chelsea at home last weekend.
Merson, though, feels that a combination of Arsenal’s good record away to West Ham and the hosts’ inevitable tiredness could give the Gunners the edge.
“West Ham are a bag of revels,” he told Sky Sports. “I watched them play at Everton, and they were absolutely slaughtered. They were so poor. They then could have got a result at Man City then they beat Chelsea.
“I still think Arsenal will win this, because Arsenal do have joy at West Ham. And they put so much into that win over Chelsea they might not have much left in the tank.”
Arsenal go into the game having fallen short in another away game. The Gunners drew at Southampton, and have picked up just eight points from a possible 24 on the road.
The 1-1 draw against Southampton was the sixth away Premier League game that Arsenal failed to win this season.
Last season, Arsene Wenger’s men won 5-1 at the London Stadium thanks to a hat-trick from Alexis Sanchez and goals from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It’d be surprising if West Ham were anything but tough to beat, given their need for points.
They have also had an extra day’s rest than Arsenal have. If fatigue is to be an issue, it surely won’t show until the closing stages of the match.
With any luck, Arsenal will be in a position where they can win the game instead of trying to rescue a point.