Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Thursday’s London derby between Arsenal and West Ham will bring down the curtain on day 19 of the new Premier League campaign. The Gunners played out a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the weekend, but despite dropping two points in the Anfield clash they remained in top position in the standings. Leonardo Trossard is pushing for a recall to the starting XI, while all Takehiro Tomiyasu, Fabio Vieira, Thomas Partey, and Jurrien Timber remain on the sidelines with injuries.
The visitors, on the other hand, did well to beat Manchester United at home on Saturday afternoon, but they will have a mountain to climb against the league leaders. David Moyes’ men have already suffered four defeats on the road this term and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling the Gunners’ party at Emirates Stadium. Jamaica striker Michail Antonio should be the only absentee in the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Soucek):
Tomas Soucek is a Czech Republic international who plays for both Slavia Prague and the Czech national team. Soucek is a product of Slavia Prague football academy and after spending several years at the likes of Viktoria Zizkov and Slovan Liberec, he returned to the Sinobo Stadium outfit in the 2017/2018 season.
Tomas Soucek has established himself as a first-team regular at Slavia Prague and he made his debut with Czech Republic on November 15, 2016 in a friendly against Denmark. The 192-cm tall midfielder has 13 caps for Czech Republic U21 team as well.
His main position on the field is defensive midfield, but he is used as central midfielder and centre-back as well. Tomas Soucek was born in Havlickuv Brod on February 27, 1995. His preferred foot is right and his contract with Slavia Prague should expire on June 30, 2024.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.