LONDON (Sporting Alert) – Arsenal FC have defeated West Ham United in three of the last four English Premier League and will be the pick to take another win at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
After picking up just one point from its last three Premier League games, Arsenal are desperate for points as they seek to close the gap on the leaders and move closer to one of the Champions League slot.
The most popular scoreline around is at 6/1 for the Gunners to come away with a 2-0 win – with an 0/U 2.5 Goals at 11/10.
Theo Walcott was on target in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday playing on the wing, but manager Arsene Wenger is consider playing the pacey attacker down the middle instead of Olivier Giroud, who could find himself back on the bench, following his poor should against the Blues.
“We’ve got some very good players at this club,” Walcott said. “I think players are maybe not believing they are good enough.
“Trust me, I see them every day in training and they should believe that.
“We’ve got a great bunch here and we’ve got a great manager behind us.
“He always puts it on himself and at times it’s unfair on him, because we’re the players that go out there every week and try and win for him.
“We need to do it for him because he’s been very helpful for us young players coming through.”
Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are available for the English Premier League game after overcoming illnesses over the weekend.
“We could have Podolski back in the squad because he is back to full training today,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com.
“Yes he’s better. He was sick. He was in bed but I think he will be in full training today.
“Maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain back in the squad because he has been sick. Maybe he will go out today and practise again.”
The Gunners have won just nine EPL games this season and find themselves seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham in the points standings, but Wenger still believe his side is ready to hit a good run of form and move on the table.
“It gives me confidence but it is also frustrating as we don’t want to be in this position,” the manager said.
“We want to challenge for the championship and therefore now until the end of the season we really have to stand up and show our strength and character.
“Last season we came from further behind and finished third but Chelsea are a bit away from us now.
“The game that we lost at Chelsea on Sunday had difficult mathematical consequences.”
In the meantime, Marouane Chamakh is ineligible as he cannot face his parent club, while Andy Carroll and George McCartney (both knee) are both unavailable. Mali frontman Modibo Maiga is away at the African Nations Cup.
The likes of Joe Cole, Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan are the picks to score for the Hammers, who are in 12th place.
Correct Scores That Could Be…
|Arsenal to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 7/4||; 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3 Draw 5/1||; West Ham to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 15/2|
|Arsenal to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 7/2||; Any Other Score 11/4||; West Ham to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 28/1|