Our match prediction:
Back to back draws against Chelsea and Crystal Palace, where West Ham both times had the lead, somewhat damaged team’s Champions League hopes, but the Hammers are still very much in the race for top 4 positions, sitting just three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with seven games to go. Led by the outstanding Dimitri Payet, Slaven Bilic’s charges have been quite dangerous up front, scoring two goals on average in last four games, but their back line conceded eight goals during that period, and they will certainly be under pressure when facing Arsenal. The Gunners have seriously raised their form of late, recorded comfortable wins over Everton and Watford, but it looks it may be too late for them to revive their title bid. Nevertheless, Arsenal need to keep winning if they are to secure automatic Champions League berth, and taking everything into account, we predict a high-scoring draw in the local derby.
Highligted Player (Ozil):
Mesut Ozil gained international recognition at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The attacking midfielder impressed with Germany at the showpiece tournament and, as a result, Real Madrid chiefs decided to sign him. Ozil won the 2011/2012 La Liga trophy with los Blancos and, against all odds, the club bosses decided to sell him to Arsenal at the end of the 2012/2013 campaign. The Turkish-born player scored 19 goals for Real Madrid in 105 appearances for the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit. On the other hand, Mesut Ozil has yet to win the Premier League with Arsenal, but he helped North London club lift two FA Cup titles (2013/2014, 2014/2015). In 2014 Ozil lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy with Germany and, no doubt, that is regarded as the biggest success of his career. The German international used to play for Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 in the past as well.
Highlighted Team (West Ham United):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals. A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.