Henry Hardwicke's best bets for Sunday's Premier League match at the London Stadium include a win for the Gunners with a Brazilian opening the scoring.
Sunday’s 3-1 home win over Liverpool has thrust Arsenal back into the Premier League title reckoning, and the Gunners are now just two adrift of the Reds at the top of the table.
Manchester City are also ominously positioned behind Jurgen Klopp’s men after beating Brentford 3-1 on Monday night, so it’s looking like there will be a three-way battle to be crowned champions of England over the coming months.
And after such an important victory last time out, Arsenal will be looking to keep the pressure on when they head to West Ham on Sunday.
The Irons were hammered 3-0 by Manchester United last time out and have now gone six games without a win.
David Moyes’s men do have some recent happy memories of playing Arsenal, though, having beaten the Gunners twice already this term, and they will be looking to make it a hat-trick at the London Stadium.
Arsenal are 11/20 to win on their short visit to east London while West Ham are 9/2 shots. The draw is available at 16/5.
Gunners can land another blow in title race
Last weekend’s statement win over Liverpool fired the Gunners back into the title race and they seem unlikely to let that hard work go to waste against West Ham.
Mikel Arteta’s men played to an extremely high level against the Reds, dominating throughout as they limited Liverpool to just a single shot on target at the Emirates
Strikes from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard made it ten goals in three matches for Arsenal, who looked a constant threat in their deserved 3-1 success.
The Gunners have been guilty of missing some golden chances on occasion this season, but that certainly hasn’t been the case recently and Arteta appears to have his side peaking at the perfect moment.
West Ham can take confidence from their Premier League and League Cup victories over Arsenal this term, but they are definitely struggling at present.
Moyes’s men were crushed 3-0 by Manchester United last time out, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship Bristol City in the third round, and the Hammers had to settle for a 2-2 draw with the top-flight’s bottom club Sheffield United recently.
More pain could be forthcoming when the confident Gunners head across the capital.
Martinelli the man to open the scoring
Gabriel Martinelli has scored three goals in his last three matches and the Brazilian looks to be back to his blistering best.
The 22-year-old’s pace caused major problems for Liverpool last week and Martinelli looks good value to opening to scoring at the London Stadium.
In a game that the Gunners are likely to dominate, Martinelli should see plenty of the ball which could spell extremely bad news for West Ham right-back Vladimir Coufal.