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Last time these two teams met in late December, West Ham caught Arsenal amidst a poor run of form, taking advantage of the Gunners as they slumped into the new year and coughed up the lead in the Premier League title race.

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Just about six weeks later, the roles are reversed as the two London clubs clash on Sunday. Arsenal are riding a three-match winning streak, on the heels of a boosting victory over Liverpool last time out which vaulted them back into the thick of the hunt. The Hammers, meanwhile, have gone four without victory in league play, their last coming against this very side in their final match of the calendar year. West Ham have only slipped from sixth to seventh in that time, but the gap between them and the top four has widened considerably. The downturn has coincided with a calf injury to essential midfield spark Lucas Paqueta suffered in the reverse fixture between these two clubs, and while he won't return here, he is expected to be back shortly. Arsenal vs West Ham prediction, odds Moneyline lean: West Ham (+500) Score prediction: West Ham 2-1 Arsenal Everything about the form of both teams indicates this should be a comfortable Arsenal win...which is why this is the perfect trap game. The Gunners, riding high after their emotional win over Liverpool, now must refocus and carry on with a title chase that remains very crowded and very daunting. The absurd narrative of "over-celebration" after the Liverpool game will only add to the difficulty of pressing on to keep competing at a high level. Furthermore, while West Ham are in a rut, they have also been extremely unlucky, let down by poor finishing. The Hammers are still without Lucas Paqueta, which has clearly had an effect on their form, but the underlying metrics indicate they will come out of it soon. They generated more chances than their opponents in each of their last two games, actually out-shooting Man United significantly despite losing 3-0, and were equally as creative in the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth prior to that. There's upset all over this London derby, and the Hammers should be up to the task as long as they can finish their dang chances for once (looking at you Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus), especially after winning the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium just over a month ago. Arsenal vs West Ham match facts Date: Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024 Kickoff Time: 2 p.m. local (9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT) Location: London Stadium (London, England) Referee: Craig Pawson, VAR: John Brooks Last meeting: Arsenal 0-2 West Ham (Dec. 28, 2023 | Premier League) Arsenal vs West Ham best bet Pick: 28+ total shots Odds: -115 (FanDuel) This is an annoyingly high bar for both sides to clear, but they've shown a propensity to do so, even in low-scoring matches. In the 2-0 West Ham win at Arsenal in late December, the two sides combined for 36 shots, with Arsenal generating 30 of those. More recently, West Ham out-shot Man United 22-12 despite the 3-0 defeat for David Moyes, indicating that both in victory and defeat, the Hammers play in matches with chances at both ends. Brighton walloped West Ham for 22 shots in a 0-0 draw in early January, and Liverpool ripped off 29 total shots in a 5-1 Reds win in the EFL Cup quarterfinals in December. Even if Arsenal get up early, they will want to take revenge on the Hammers for winning at their place earlier in the season, and may have something to prove after the over-celebration criticism this week. There will be efforts on both ends, whether the sides finish them expertly or not. Arsenal vs West Ham prop bet Pick: Mohammed Kudus to score or assist a goal Odds: +290 (FanDuel) While West Ham have sputtered in front of goal of late, they have created plenty of chances. In the absence of injured Lucas Paqueta, Mohammed Kudus has come back from the Africa Cup of Nations and been important to the side. He took four shots against Manchester United last time out in defeat, his second game back with the side after returning from AFCON duty. He was also extremely active for Ghana while away, collecting a massive nine shots between his two appearances, scoring twice. Said Benrahma's departure only indicates further West Ham's investment in Kudus, and the 23-year-old should be a major player here if the home side are to spring the upset. It's a London derby with plenty riding on it, as the Hammers bid to secure European football for a record third season in a row and the Gunners do what they can to topple leaders Liverpool at the Premier League summit. You can watch a West Ham vs Arsenal live stream from anywhere with a VPN. David Moyes' side have struggled for consistency since the turn of the year. They were dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship side Bristol City and have picked up just three points from a possible 12 in the Premier League. The Hammers are beginning to get their team back, however, with Mohammed Kudus and Nayef Aguerd returning from AFCON duty. After a testing Christmas and early New Year period, Arsenal have found their rhythm again. The Gunners have won three games in a row and last weekend avenged their early January FA Cup exit to Liverpool with a bravura 3-1 win that took them within two points of the table toppers. Gabriel Martinelli's return to fitness and form has been most welcome. Mikel Arteta reckons his team are back in the title race after his clever use of versatile midfielders stifled Liverpool. But what will he do next? Don't miss a West Ham vs Arsenal live stream, or indeed any of the EPL action, by checking out our full how to watch Premier League live streams hub. How to watch a West Ham vs Arsenal live stream wherever you are West Ham vs Arsenal live streams will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service? The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge. Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN, thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can check it out without having to sign up long-term. Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus. How to watch a West Ham vs Arsenal live stream in the U.S. Viewers in the U.S. can watch a West Ham vs Arsenal live stream on USA Network, which is available with most cable TV packages. For cord-cutters, one option is Sling TV. The Sling Blue package is priced from $40 per month and it comes with more than 30 channels including USA. Or you could go for Fubo. Its Pro Plan costs $75 per month but gives you 121 channels, including USA, plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy. USA is also in YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV and DirecTV Stream. If you're outside of the U.S. but have one of these subscriptions, you can watch the West Ham vs Arsenal live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN. Fresh from reviving their title challenge against Liverpool on Sunday, Arsenal face what has proven to be a major test for them of late as they travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham. David Moyes has already downed his north London opponents twice this season, dumping them out of the EFL Cup before then securing a smash-and-grab win at the Emirates Stadium just after Christmas, but it has been 99 years since West Ham have beaten Arsenal three times in a season. That defeat last time Mikel Arteta's side met the Irons saw Arsenal lurch deeper in what seemed to be a mini crisis but results have turned for them just as Moyes has once more found the spotlight shining on him after a disappointing run of results. Will the current form trajectories continue this weekend? Here is what you need to know about the Premier League clash: Viewing information Date: Sunday, Feb. 11 | Time: 9 a.m. ET Location: London Stadium -- London TV: USA | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free) Odds: West Ham +480; Draw +333; Arsenal - 200 Storylines West Ham: In another of those seasons where the league table tells you precious little about the football West Ham are playing, murmurings of dissatisfaction are spreading around the London Stadium with Moyes' side having drawn four and lost two since they won at the Emirates back in December. Beyond even the results there have long been Hammers fans who have not taken kindly to their manager's more conservative brand of football no matter that it has largely brought solid league finishes and a Europa Conference League. "There have been a lot of years where it has not been that good," said Moyes. "Last year, we had an unbelievable year, you know, maybe not in our league position, but if you want to talk about that, in the two years before, we had unbelievable league positions. We're pushing again this year. "We have to keep working hard to make it happen. You have to find a way to challenge all the top teams and we've been trying to do that. We've beaten Manchester United once this year, we've beaten Tottenham once this year, we've beaten Arsenal twice, and Chelsea once." Arsenal: Last week's win affords Arteta the sort of selection headaches that most managers would relish. Jorginho excelled but in a game where Arsenal will see more of the ball is there an argument to bring in Emile Smith Rowe? Given Kai Havertz's best games often come as a center forward -- or perhaps one of two number 10s -- is there a case to be made for keeping him in the XI even if Gabriel Jesus is fit? Is the returning Takehiro Tomiyasu the man to quell the Mohamed Kudus threat? Prediction The London Stadium rarely makes for an easy trip for Arsenal and that won't change on Sunday. However, they should have the quality to ultimately get the win. PICK: West Ham 1, Arsenal 2 David Moyes ended one of his major droughts of not winning against a particular opponent away from home in Arsenal when West Ham United triumphed in December. Since that smashing win over the Gunners, the Hammers have not managed another victory in the league since they aim to end that barren run on Sunday. The Hammers have not in the best of runs of late since that win at the Emirates. Three draws and a defeat in the Premier League, coupled with the FA Cup elimination at the hands of Bristol City in a two-legged affair, sums up their form. Last weekend, Manchester United ran out 3-0 winners, with Moyes’s men unable to muster anything close to a reply. Moyes will still harbour massive ambitions for the season and has a squad capable of delivering significant results. West Ham will primarily target a place in the top-six, although their current spot at seventh will come under severe pressure from Brighton if they cannot manage a win at the weekend. In contrast, Arsenal come into the West Ham clash at the back of a third successive win in the Premier League. Last Sunday, they took a giant step in their season with a smashing victory over Liverpool at the Emirates. Mikel Arteta’s side barely allowed Jurgen Klopp’s Reds a sniff at their goal. However, the result would have gone in any direction except for individual errors dominating the post-match analysis. Bukayo Saka’s opener was cancelled out by an unfortunate own goal by Gabriel Magalhaes with no fault of the Brazilian. A combination of errors from William Saliba and David Raya allowed Liverpool to re-enter the contest. However, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker did something similar in the second half to enable Arsenal to retake the lead. Leandro Trossard put the game to rest late, as Liverpool had already been reduced to ten men following a second yellow for Ibrahima Konate. The win allowed Arsenal to route back into the title chase, as they closed the gap on the Reds to two points. Manchester City may have that upper hand for now, considering they are also two points away from the top with a game in hand. Team News & Tactics West Ham United Davod Moyes does not have too many problems with his squad, with Lucas Paqueta and Michail Antonio the only confirmed absentees ahead of Sunday’s game against Arsenal. Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was withdrawn in the second half with a head injury, but the Frenchman should return to the fold for this clash. Moyes will probably name an unchanged lineup from their morale-sapping defeat away to Manchester United, meaning Maxwel Cornet will remain in his left-sided attacking role for now. Similarly, Nayef Aguerd continues to work his way through reclaiming his form and partnership with Kurt Zouma at the back. James Ward-Prowse will also keep featuring in that advanced role in the attacking third, with Tomas Soucek and Edson Alvarez likely to feature in central midfield again. With Mohammed Kudus also somewhat recovering from his AFCON journey, the Ghanaian will want to perform strongly to mark his true return. With him playing on the right side of the attack, Jarrod Bowen will continue to lead the line for the Hammers, hoping to maintain his excellent record against big sides. Arsenal Much like David Moyes, Mikel Arteta might have named an unchanged side himself had it not been for one critical injury Arsenal had in the clash against Liverpool. Oleksandr Zinchenko went off at half-time with another calf problem, as his replacement, Jakub Kiwior, put in a tremendous shift in the second half. However, Arteta will have Takehiro Tomiyasu available for selection since returning from his AFC Asian Cup journey with Japan. The versatile defender remains the manager’s preferred choice to replace Zinchenko at left-back against West Ham. Regarding injuries, Fabio Vieira, Jurrien Timber and Thomas Partey are all out of contention. Arteta downplayed the significance of Gabriel Jesus’ fresh knee trouble and insisted the striker could miss only a few days. Hence, Arteta may not take an unwanted risk with the Brazilian against the Hammers, as his formula to play Kai Havertz in the No .9 role worked wonders. Considering the German will start up front, the manager may not change his midfield or front three for the West Ham encounter. Ideally, one would have readily named Declan Rice as this man to watch out for, as many would be eager to see the reception at the London Stadium. However, there is a particular focus on Kai Havertz after he put in a magnificent shift in the centre-forward role, troubling the Reds’ defenders. Havertz has given Arteta a new option in the striker role, as Jesus was barely missed in that crucial Liverpool game. Havertz provides a physical presence up front, and those qualities will be needed against the Hammers and their otherwise daunting defenders. Should the German add goals to his game, some fans might revisit their calls to sign Ivan Toney in the winter window. Prediction West Ham United 1-2 Arsenal The Hammers are in desperate need of a win after a winless drought stretching since the end of December. Moyes has not fared well against Arsenal but will take encouragement from their result at the Emirates. Since that loss against West Ham, Arsenal have lost another two games in all competitions but have won their last three. Moreover, they have put aside questions about their form in front of the goal, something that will play a crucial role if they are to win against the Hammers. Overall, the Gunners are in the form to take another win and keep their place near the table’s summit.


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