Arsenal have no reason to fear West Ham’s main two forwards, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic, because their record against the Gunners is actually pretty poor.
Despite Arnautovic causing Arsenal big problems in the Premier League last week, the forward didn’t actually have a great deal of success. Nor has he in the past. In fact, out of the 28-year-old’s four shots, three were off-target and one was blocked despite our shambolic defence doing its best to help the Hammers concede.
During the nine times Arnautovic has faced Arsenal, he’s failed to score and has only been involved in one win.
Hernandez isn’t any better. The former Manchester United forward has beaten the Gunners twice in five appearances and provided two assists while with the Red Devils (FA Cup, March 2011). However, he’s still yet to score.
Neither forward has been particularly prolific for West Ham this season. Hernandez has netted four while Arnautovic has scored just two. Therefore, on paper, the Gunners have no real reason to fear either when they face them again on Tuesday.
However, we all know that ‘on paper’ doesn’t mean much anymore. At least not for Arsenal this season. And Arnautovic did cause us problems last week. Let’s hope he doesn’t do so again if he stars in the Carabao Cup.