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The Gunners will be full of confidence following their display on the road at Fulham. New signings Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian impressed, while the news that star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has put pen to paper on a new contract will give the whole club a boost.
West Ham endured a different experience on the opening day, with Newcastle taking a comfortable 2-0 win back up north, but they at least rallied to beat Charlton 3-0 in the League Cup.
However, David Moyes selected a reasonably strong side featuring the likes of Sebastian Haller, Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Robert Snodgrass against the League One outfit, while visiting an in-form Arsenal is a different prospect.
The Hammers were diabolical up against top-half outfits last term (W3-D2-L15), losing nine of 11 since Moyes was drafted into the hotseat – including six of seven winless road trips.
In fact, West Ham managed just four clean sheets against anyone on their travels last term, while excluding rock-bottom Norwich, they’re without a shutout in nine appearances as they conceded at least twice in six of these.
Arsenal have had little trouble in finding the net at the Emirates, winning seven of their last nine unbeaten matches as they bagged 21 goals, as only top-half finishers Leicester and Sheffield Utd were able to walk away with a point.
Hosting bottom-half sides, the Gunners have won 25 of 30 home games over the past three seasons, netting at least twice in 25 of these as well, including 15 goals in five such matches under Mikel Arteta so far.
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Arsenal have won seven of nine head to heads with the Hammers across all competitions since 2016/17, including all five at this venue by an aggregate 12-2 scoreline.
However, Arsenal haven’t always been the quickest off the mark and since 2010/11, Draw/Arsenal has landed in the half-time/full-time market in seven of nine league meetings at the Emirates.
David Moyes is hardly going to attempt to take the game to Arsenal in the opening stages and the hosts will likely have to show some patience to find the breakthrough.
Given the Hammers have only lost the first half once in 13 league matches now, despite squaring off with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Wolves, Spurs, Chelsea and Man Utd during this period, the half-time/full-time market holds some appeal.