On December 26, the so-called Boxing day, another London derby will take place at the Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will host West Ham, who are on the verge of a 2022/2023 season. The match will take place as part of the 17th round of the EPL.
Mikel Arteta’s team had a dashing first half of the season. “The Canaries have gone into the break for the World Cup in Qatar, sitting at the top of the APL standings. Arsenal is five points ahead of second-placed Manchester City.
Arsenal is determined and has no intention of slowing down. However, it is unlikely that the Canaries will put on a spectacular performance against West Ham. Not all of Arsenal’s top players can return from the World Cup in top form (Bukayo Saca and Granit Xhaka). Besides, we should not forget that striker Gabriel Jesus got a serious injury (the Brazilian is expected to miss 3 months). This circumstance will have a very negative impact on the attacking potential of Arteta’s team, because the issue of replacing Jesus has not yet been resolved.
The Hammers are neither shaky nor weak. David Moyes’ team is stagnating and no longer qualifies for the Europa League or the Conference League. What’s more, West Ham’s place in the APL is in jeopardy. There have been persistent rumors in the British press that the bosses of the East London club are ready to point the door at head coach David Moyes, but the Scot has managed to hold on to his position.
Given that West Ham, unlike Arsenal, were preparing for the resumption of the campaign with an almost full squad, it gives the Hammers hope for a positive result in the derby. We believe that West Ham will still lose to a more distinguished opponent, but will be able to avoid defeat.
Let’s assume that Arsenal manage to get what is called a “labor victory”. “The Canaries will obviously have to sweat, but it would be reckless to bet on Arteta’s team to crush their opponents. If Arsenal can get three points, they are likely to do so with a slight edge in the scoreline.