top four after two straight Premier League defeats.
Defeat would leave us four points behind fifth place Everton and seven points adrift of local rivals Tottenham.
Arsenal won 3-1 against West Ham at Upton Park earlier in the season, after going behind from transfer target Mohamed Diame, surely giving the team confidence going into this game.
Arsene Wenger has today revealed that the club were never interested in Wilfried Zaha, who looks close to joining Manchester United, days after dismissing links with Edinson Cavani, leaving Arsenal fans like me frustrated with the lack of transfers this month.
Wenger was believed to have held ‘crisis talks’ earlier today after a run of poor performances, after yesterday expressing his uncertainty over the club finishing in the top four for the 17th season in a row. A failure to reach the top four, which looks a struggle, would be disastrous.
West Ham drew at home to resurgent QPR on Saturday, after a dominant second half performance where on-loan Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh made his hammers debut, almost scoring on a few occasions.
I think Arsenal will just pip this one, West Ham have been inconsistent this season, especially on their travels, losing six out of 10 away from Upton Park. Arsenal dominated the second half at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, winning the last 45 minutes 1-0 from a Theo Walcott strike, not enough to overturn Chelsea’s 2-0 early lead which they took into half time. Arsenal also outplayed Man City at the Emirates in the second half last week, before beating Swansea 1-0 in the midweek FA Cup clash, which featured another dominant second half performance.
There are two things that this team desperately need,
1. Consistency. We can only seem to string together one good half at the moment.
2. Signings. Arsene has spoken about the need for two players, most likely a defensive midfielder and striker, which we are in desperate need of.
We have looked bright going forward recently, with Walcott in great form but the defence have looked weak.
Arsenal 3 – 1 West Ham