Arsenal can’t afford to slip up against the Hammers next week

Will it be derby delight number two for Arsenal? by Shenel Osman

Derby number two, in the space of one week, is fast approaching for our boys..

We will face off against West Ham on Saturday in an 8pm kick off at the Emirates. Having already seen us fight off Fulham in our first game of the season, our second game will bring just as many tests I am sure, especially as West Ham gave Newcastle as good as they got, despite losing 2-0 to the Magpies on Saturday evening.

They are a good team and even managed to save themselves from the drop last season. They have a good squad, are fresh, and know how to push Arsenal’s buttons at times and they have a class goalkeeper in the shape of ex Arsenal player Lukasz Fabianski in their ranks.

We did do the double over them last season though, winning 3-1 away in December, thanks to goals from Martinelli, Pepe and Aubameyang, and also beating them 1-0 at the Emirates in March, thanks to a goal from Lacazette and an assist from Ozil, in a game that was the last one to be played just before lockdown happened, so they could well be out for revenge and bragging rights.

Surely, we have the talent amongst our ranks and togetherness as we saw against Fulham, to be able to grind out a result in another derby. Doing so would put us in good stead going forward as let’s be honest, getting six points out of six is surely the aim and we have enough talent to be able to get it without any issues.

But as I keep saying, anything is possible, and if the team are not on it and they do not turn up, then it will be an even tougher test than it needs to be, and we cannot afford to be too complacent as one little mistake or under par performance and it will surely leave us without the three points.

Will it be another kind of comfortable three points for Arsenal on Saturday? Heres hoping hey Gooners..

Shenel

19 Comments

  1. S.J says:

    All things being equal we should be able to beat Westham on Saturday.

    I will pick the same thing that played against Fulham to do the job.

    1. Manuel says:

      Is xhaka back?

  2. Maxwell says:

    I fancy cebalos to come in for Elneny

  3. Highbury Hero says:

    They shouldn’t afford to slip against any opponent. That is the only way forward.

  4. Howard says:

    No
    No slip, not even against pool and City
    We’ll shock everyone like Leicester did three seasons ago. It’s possible, just that we need hard work, motivation and commitment

  5. Sue says:

    BBC Sport:
    “What exactly did Chelsea’s scouts see in Kepa Arrizabalaga? Because goalkeeping is really not one of his strengths.” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Pumped for Saturday! COYG

    1. ClassyGunner says:

      I hope Werner turns out to be another Torres for them. And while I am at it hope Haverts and Ziyech too fail miserably. Wishful thinking, I know. But I do hate Chelsea. #Rant over#

      1. Sue says:

        πŸ‘ With all that money spent already and with a new gk incoming and an upcoming bid for Declan Rice, I think it’ll be absolutely hilarious if they end the season with nothing!! As you can see I can’t stand them either πŸ˜‰

        1. ClassyGunner says:

          It’ll be absolute delight to see them finish way below us, Sue. I know that you hate them too. For me they are the ones who spoiled football.

          1. ozziegunner says:

            Old old story: a champion team will always beat a team of champions.
            Wishful thinking that these players will fail as individuals; however Lampard has to get them to gel and play as a team.

            1. ClassyGunner says:

              @ozzie I know it is wishful thinking and I have admitted it as well.

          2. Sue says:

            It will indeed, CG… πŸ™πŸ€žπŸ˜‚

    2. Eddy Poundz says:

      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ weak hands

  6. Adegboyega Obikoya says:

    A very strong determination, commitment,motivations and focus are what the boys need at least to make name for themselves and proves the doubters wrong. If Leicester can do it few season ago, they can also do more better. Not really a matter of too much big nams but a matter of big & brave heart.

  7. olusegun okuboyejo says:

    They will push us to showing our best and We would score another 3 goals and maybe another clean sheet.

  8. ozziegunner says:

    If Arsenal can’t beat West Ham at home, it will be a long hard season.
    Arsenal can’t afford to be complacent, because another three points is up for grabs; the same number as a win at A field.

  9. Georgy says:

    W.Ham will come in a very defensive mode;so I think Arteta will go with 4-3-3 system in full attacking mode.Leno.Bellerin-Holding-Gabriel-Tierney.Elneny-Xhaka-Ceballos.William-Laca-Auba.The rol of the fullbacks will be very important to break the wall.

  10. gunnerforlife says:

    I agree that WestHam will come defensive minded and this is where we need a creative midfielder like Aouar. All in all, I feel we should beat WestHam comfortably.

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