A tired Gunners team likely to be frustrated by the Hammers in front of the Sky cameras on Wednesday night
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It is something of a surprise to find Under 2.5 Goals available at 13/10 for Wednesday’s match considering that Arsene Wenger’s team managed to score just once during 120 minutes of football against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Arsenal are starting to get very ragged as the season draws to a close and there’s a lot of pressure on this game considering that Everton have leapfrogged them in the Premier League table and the Toffees host Crystal Palace on the same evening.
Injuries have taken their toll this season, with Theo Walcott’s absence particularly telling, while Mesut Ozil falls into the flop category during a first season at the Emirates which has seen the £42.5 million record signing largely fail to shine.
The bookies are getting wise to Arsenal stumbling towards the close of a season which might see them clinch the FA Cup although they might be joining Manchester United on the list of Champions League has-beens, with Wenger toying with the idea of calling it a day this summer.
Paddy Power are among those firms going 4/9 about a home victory, with West Ham more than able to perform a hatchet job on their opponents, with Sam Allardyce looking to make sure his team steer well clear of trouble.
The Hammers have gone to Stamford Bridge recently and secured a goalless draw, with No Goalscorer attractively priced at 16/1 for this match and it’s hard to see where the Arsenal goals are going to come from.
Olivier Giroud started Saturday’s cup tie on the bench and the Frenchman will lead the line although Aaron Ramsey is getting back to full fitness, with an over-reliance on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to produce a moment of magic in the absence of Walcott.
West Ham won 2-1 at Sunderland in their last away match, with BetVictor offering 15/2 about an away win in this game, although the Gunners defence is generally solid at home and it’s hard to see Andy Carroll getting a lot of change from Per Mertesacker.
Even so, this will be a disciplined performance from the visitors and one in which they can put a big dent in the Champions League aspirations of their fellow London rivals.
BETTING TIP: Under 2.5 Goals @ 13/10 with BetVictor