Could these three players be leaving Arsenal as well as Alexis Sanchez?

It’s no secret that there is some trouble behind the scenes at Arsenal. Once again their fans are having to deal with mid-season struggles as well as some discontent in the squad. This summer could mark the biggest changes at the club in recent history, with the possibility of Arsene Wenger leaving and a number of players who could be departing the club.

There has been plenty of uncertainty over the future of Alexis Sanchez, the Chilean has looked a lifeless figure at times, not helped in part to his attitude according to fans and pundits alike. If the goal-machine does decide to ply his trade elsewhere it could spark an exodus from a number of other members of the Arsenal side. But a possible departure of Sanchez may not be the only reason these three players decide to knock their time in North London on the head…

Mesut Ozil

The German playmaker is one of the most talented players in the Premier League, whether or not he puts in enough effort and does it on a consistent basis is another question. He has appeared very happy since joining the club and has a good relationship with Wenger. If both Sanchez and Wenger were to leave Ozil’s mind may be swayed. He is 28 now and Arsenal’s chances of winning the league have all but passed for another season and they’re heading out of the Champions League barring an astonishing turn-around. Ozil is a winner and another season without the top prizes could prove to be too much for him.

If another high profile European club came in for his services Ozil could be convinced to leave the club. He will want to continue to compete at the top and there are no guarantees that Arsenal are going to finish in the top four in what looks like the tightest race for the European places to date.

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Santi Cazorla

Cazorla has made just 11 appearances in all competitions this season due to a long-term injury. The Gunners have definitely missed his influence on games and other players have suffered from his work-rate being absent from the side. The Spaniard’s contract is up this summer and a new one has yet to be confirmed.

While we’re not suggesting Cazorla is definitely going to depart, he may decide to call it time at the end of his 5th year at the club in favour of a change up and a better chance of silverware. At 32 he has a lot to offer still and many clubs would be interested in his abilities.

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Jack Wilshere 

When talking about Wilshere it’s already looking like a case of ‘what could have been’ – the Englishman has had absolutely no luck with injuries, but it’s worth mentioning his time at Bournemouth has seen him play on a more regular basis. The loan move to the South Coast was a bit of a strange transfer at the start of the season and although Wilshere hasn’t necessarily had the number of assists expected from him, he has looked happier playing week in, week out.

Whether Wilshere and Arsenal decide to part ways at the end of the season remains to be seen, but if he has any feeling that a return to club entails time spent on the touchline he may just fancy the chance at another Premier League club.

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Could Arsenal afford to lose all three of these midfielders as well as Sanchez? Is it time to revamp the squad in a bid to win the Premier League again?

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Arsenal

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Sunday, December 18  – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Man City 11/10 – Draw 13/5 – Arsenal 23/10

Match Preview

Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon in what is a huge Premier League clash between both sides as they look to go into Christmas in high spirits.

City have been far from the side they looked when they won ten-straight games to start the season. They did beat Watford on Wednesday night but had lost back-to-back league games prior to that.

Pep Guardiola is facing the toughest test of his managerial career and will be looking to get past a fellow title rival in Arsenal to alleviate some pressure in the club’s final game before Christmas.

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City will once again be without Sergio Aguero though, and that could cause them problems. They will need Kelechi Iheanacho to lead the line against a Gunners defence that looked sloppy in Tuesday’s defeat at Everton.

Arsenal arrive at the Etihad knowing a win would move them back to within six points of league leaders Chelsea but also know that a defeat would see them fall behind City into fourth place.

This is a huge game for Arsene Wenger. He watched his side throw away three points at Goodison Park in the week and will need his players to remain focused on the tough task at hand if they are to keep their good recent record against City intact.

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Arsenal are unbeaten in six games against Manchester City, with their last defeat coming three years ago, but Wenger has only managed to beat Guardiola in two of their previous eight clashes.

Team News

Manchester City remain without suspended duo Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho here, while Vincent Kompany has been joined by Ilkay Gundogan on the sidelines. Fabian Delph is not yet fit enough to be involved but John Stones should return after being rested during the midweek win over Watford.

Arsenal still have a long injury list to deal with. Chuba Akpom, Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo, Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi are all still sidelined, as is Danny Welbeck although the striker has returned to training. Aaron Ramsey is still a doubt.

Key Points

Man City’s last five: W/W/L/L/W

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/W/W/L

Key Stat: There have been 24 goals in the last six games between these two sides – an average of four per game.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Arsenal striker has been in excellent form this season, scoring 12 league goals. He has now contributed to 27 goals in his last 27 Premier League games and will hope to be the difference-maker on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Man City 2-2 Arsenal – Goals are expected on Sunday as both sides have shown frailties at the back in recent weeks. City know they must avoid defeat here to keep their title hopes intact but Arsenal will be looking to avoid back-to-back league defeats for the first time in two seasons, so a score draw looks likely in what should be an entertaining game.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham United vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – West Ham United vs. Arsenal

Venue: London Stadium – Saturday, December 3 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: West Ham 4/1 – Draw 16/5 – Arsenal 4/6

Match Preview

West Ham host Arsenal at the London Stadium on Saturday evening in the first ever Premier League London derby at the Hammers’ new ground.

Both sides were in EFL Cup action in midweek and both were dumped out of the competition – West Ham losing 4-1 away at Man United, while Arsenal suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Southampton.

But attentions now turn back to Premier League action and this is an important game for the Hammers who need to gain confidence – winning a big game like this could give them the lift they need.

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Slaven Bilic’s side are just one point and two places above the drop zone after 13 games, following a disappointing start to the season, although the move to a new ground could be seen as a major reason for struggling.

West Ham recorded two consecutive wins in October, but have since gone on a run of four league games without victory (D2, L2), although they have stemmed the flow of defeats, losing just two of their last seven (W2, D3).

Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 3-1 success in a tricky game at home to Bournemouth last weekend and while they’ll be disappointed to lose in the EFL Cup in midweek, it was never a priority this season.

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The Gunners are still yet to lose a league game since the opening day defeat to Liverpool (W8, D4) and will come into this game as favourites, given their opponents’ inconsistency.

Arsene Wenger’s side are also undefeated away from home in all competitions this season, so they’ll be hoping to continue their impressive run to keep in touch with the front-runners.

The last meeting between these two sides was a thrilling 3-3 draw at Upton Park back in April. West Ham have only beaten Arsenal once in their last 16 attempts in the league (D3, L12), although that did come at the Emirates last season when they won 2-0.

Team News

West Ham will be without Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio after both suffered groin injuries in midweek. Diafra Sakho (thigh) and Sam Byram (hamstring) are also out, while Andy Carroll and Arthur Masuaku could return to the squad.

Arsenal’s familiar problem with injuries is no different this season. They will be without Mathieu Debuchy after he suffered a hamstring injury last weekend, while Olivier Giroud (groin) is a doubt. Santi Cazorla has undergone ankle surgery and will be sidelined for a further three months. Hector Bellerin (ankle) remains out, while Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee) are long-term absentees. Mohamed Elneny was taken off early in midweek, reportedly suffering with illness, but will hope to be fit for action this weekend.

Key Points

West Ham’s last five: W/L/D/L/D

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/D/D/W

Key Stat: The Gunners are unbeaten in eight league visits to West Ham (W6, D2).

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean doesn’t even seem to need to play well to produce results. He didn’t have his greatest game last weekend, yet he still netted twice and proved to be the difference for Arsenal. That’s the sign of a world-class player. His work ethic is above anyone’s and he could be crucial once again.

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Score Prediction

West Ham 1-2 Arsenal – This is always a tough game to call. But Arsenal will sense an opportunity as Man City and Chelsea play each other, so there is a chance to make up some ground on at least one of them. The Hammers are still struggling to find their feet at the London Stadium and they could be exposed again if the Gunners perform how we all know they can on their day.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur FC

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, October 6 – 12:00 GMT (07:00 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – Spurs 14/5

Match Preview

Arsenal face Tottenham in the season’s first North London Derby on Sunday afternoon in what is a huge match between two sides fighting at the top end of the Premier League table.

Arsenal haven’t lost since the opening day, while Spurs are the only remaining unbeaten team in the Premier League. But we all know form goes out of the window in games this big, so it’s all to play for at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Gunners beat Sunderland 4-1 last weekend before coming from two goals down to beat Ludogorets 3-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday. They are in high spirits and will be relishing the chance to end their arch rivals’ unbeaten streak here.

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The worry for Arsene Wenger is that his team have failed to beat Spurs in the league in each of the past two seasons (D3 L1). They’ve never gone five without a win against Tottenham in the league under the Frenchman.

Spurs come into the game in poor form, having not won in six in all competitions. They might not have lost in the Premier League but Liverpool eliminated them from the EFL Cup, and Bayer Leverkusen beat them 1-0 at Wembley in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.

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Tottenham have sorely missed Harry Kane, who has been out for over a month with an ankle injury. He is expected to be back in the squad here, but is very unlikely to start.

In his absence, Spurs have only managed to score two in their last three Premier League outings, drawing each of those games. But their defensive record remains very impressive, having only conceded five goals in ten games to this point.

Mauricio Pochettino is undefeated as a manager in his four Premier League north London derbies. He will be looking to become the first Spurs manager to go unbeaten through their first five league games against Arsenal in top flight history on Sunday.

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Arsenal are favourites but this is probably the best month for Spurs to be facing their rivals, given the fact that they tend to perform worse in November than any other month, averaging just 1.59 points-per-game during Arsene Wenger’s reign at the club.

Last season’s two meetings ended in draws and another tight contest is expected on Sunday. There is so much to play for here in what is undoubtedly the standout Premier League fixture of the weekend.

Team News

Arsenal have four players ruled out through injury, with Lucas Perez, Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker and Chuba Akpom all sidelined. Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs are all doubts, while Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal should recover from knocks in time to play. Alexis Sanchez is expected to start up front again, although Olivier Giroud is pushing for a start.

Tottenham could welcome back Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld for the first time in a number of weeks here. Kane is expected to make the bench but is unlikely to start. Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele are both doubts but the Argentine winger is expected to be fit in time for Sunday. Moussa Sissoko is definitely out as he serves the last of his three-match suspension. Danny Rose should come back in at left-back after sitting out of Wednesday’s loss to Leverkusen.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/W/D/W

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/D/D/D

Key Stat: Goals ‘o’ clock – This will be only the second time this fixture has kicked off at noon in the Premier League. The only previous occasion saw Arsenal win 5-4 in a nine-goal thriller at White Hart Lane back in 2004.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean attacker scored his 50th Arsenal goal in last week’s win at Sunderland and has been involved in nine goals in his last eight league appearances. He scored in the most recent meeting between the two and will be a huge threat to a strong Spurs defence here.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 1-1 Spurs – Arsenal are strong favourites ahead of Sunday’s derby, but Spurs are unbeaten in the Premier League for a good reason. They have the best defence in the league and will aim to frustrate their arch rivals in what should be another pulsating North London Derby. Both teams have scored in this game in each of their last five meetings in all competitions, and that looks set to be the case again here, although don’t be surprised if this ends in another draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester City vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Arsenal

Venue: King Power Stadium – Saturday, August 20 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester 19/10 – Draw 13/5 – Arsenal 13/10

Match Preview

Leicester City welcome Arsenal to the King Power Stadium late on Saturday afternoon in a tie both sides will be desperate to win after disappointing opening weekend performances.

The champions come into this one off the back of their 2-1 defeat to Hull, a result that not many would have predicted.

Claudio Ranieri’s side looked stuck for ideas on how to break down their resilient opponents. They may well be better suited to this tie as it will be more open, meaning they will have more chances to express their counter-attacking play.

Leicester will be looking to exact some revenge on Arsenal as they were thumped 5-2 by the North London side at home last season.

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Arsenal’s 4-3 loss in their opener against Liverpool has heaped more pressure on Arsene Wenger. It’s clear they have what it takes to break opponents down as they scored three, but the biggest concern for fans is their lacklustre defence.

Wenger’s injury list just seems to keep on expanding and another week has passed without any transfer activity at the club.

Arsenal come into this one under the spotlight. They cannot afford to lose their opening two games for the risk of already being six points behind their title rivals.

Worryingly for Arsenal they face a Leicester side who had impeccable home form in their title campaign. The Gunners drew their final three away games in the Premier League last season so it will be interesting to see if they can break that trend and take all three points here.

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Team News

Leicester City have no injury concerns. Ranieri will more than likely opt for a similar starting lineup as he did against Hull. The Foxes have had a huge boost this week as Riyad Mahrez penned a contract extension, ending any uncertainty over his future.

Arsenal’s squad is still taking shape. As we know Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud returned to training late after Euro 2016. On top of Arsenal’s current injury list of Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson, both Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi were forced off in the game against Liverpool. The two latest setbacks increased their injury list to seven players and Arsenal could have up to ten players out here, including the trio who returned late from the Euros.

Key Points

Leicester City’s last five: L

Arsenal’s last five: L

Key Stat: Fortress – Leicester City are unbeaten in their last 15 home outings in the Premier League.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – There will be added pressure on Arsenal after their opening day defeat and they need their key players to work even harder considering how many regulars are absent. Sanchez has the ability to cut apart any defence and he will be expected to provide in this one.

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Score Prediction

Leicester City 1-2 Arsenal – Arsenal to get off the mark and narrowly beat a Leicester side who would not have been expecting to lose their first two games of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

Are City right to be chasing this £72m trio of Premier League stars?

Manchester City look set to spend big once again this summer as incoming manager Pep Guardiola is looking to overhaul the squad ahead of his first season in the Premier League.

There are a number of high-profile names across Europe being linked with summer moves to the Etihad, with the latest reports suggesting three Premier League stars are being targeted.

A report in the Sun claims City will splash the cash to try and bring Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Everton’s John Stones to the club in the coming months.

That trio of top flight talent is worth around £72 million, according to Transfermarkt’s valuations of each player.

But would those three players improve City ahead of next season’s title charge?

Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal – Estimated value: £41.25 million

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Sanchez has been a real hit at Arsenal since moving to the Premier League from Barcelona in July 2014. He ended the last campaign with 13 goals and five assists in 30 league appearances and also performed remarkably well in the Champions League, contributing to eight goals in seven outings. Guardiola signed Sanchez from Udinese while managing Barcelona in 2011 and would love to be reunited with the pacey Chilean at City.

Verdict: Arsenal would do everything in their power to stop their star man leaving for City but it could ultimately come down to where Sanchez himself would prefer to be playing football next season. A move looks unlikely but City won’t be afraid of splashing the cash to land a player as good as Alexis Sanchez. Pairing him with Sergio Aguero in attack would give City one of the most devastating attacks in world football and Guardiola knows how to get the best out of the 27-year-old winger.

Danny Rose – Tottenham – Estimated value: £8.25 million

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Danny Rose is once again being linked with a move to the Etihad. The England left-back was reportedly a target for the club last summer but no formal offer was made and he continued to develop at White Hart Lane under Mauricio Pochettino instead. He looks to be a key part of the Spurs team and they would not be prepared to sell to a Premier League rivals. He will travel to Euro 2016 this summer with England and could see his stock rise further if he starts for Roy Hodgson.

Verdict: His estimated value of £8.25 million seems far too low for an England international who is set to be playing Champions League football next term. City might look to table an offer, with Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy both potentially leaving, but Rose is still not that sound defensively, with his main contributions coming on the attacking side of the ball. If Guardiola wants a bombarding fullback, then Rose could be the man. But if not, they should probably look elsewhere.

John Stones – Everton – Estimated value: £22.5 million

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John Stones looks increasingly likely to leave Goodison Park this summer, with several clubs reportedly interested in his services. He will be 22 by the time the new season starts and is still extremely young for a centre-back. He has shown promise and is a confident ball-playing defender, but now needs the right guidance to help him reach his potential. He will be with England at Euro 2016 and his stock will only rise if he impresses at the tournament.

Verdict: City are in need of another central defender, with Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis both failing to inspire over the past two seasons. Vincent Kompany has ongoing injury troubles, while Nicolas Otamendi was inconsistent, so bringing in a young player like Stones makes sense as Guardiola could mould him to perfectly fit his possession-based style of play. He won’t come cheap but would surely be worth the investment.

Do you think Manchester City should be chasing the trio mentioned above? Which of the three should be the main target?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Thursday, April 21 – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET) 

Match Odds: Arsenal 2/7 – Draw 17/4 – West Brom 10/1

Match Preview

Arsenal host West Brom in a rare Thursday night Premier League clash this week, with the Gunners desperate for three points as they look to guarantee Champions League football for next term.

Arsene Wenger’s side have endured a tough campaign, with many expecting them to win the Premier League title a few months back, before a terrible run of form has seen them slip down to fourth.

Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace did little to encourage the home fans, who have watched their side win just four of their last 13 league outings.

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Arsenal’s title hopes are not officially over, but they will have to win all of their remaining five games and hope Leicester fail to pick up more than two points. Both scenarios seem unlikely and so it appears Wenger’s priority now has to be securing a top four finish.

The Gunners sit fourth entering this game but have Manchester United and West Ham closing in behind and so it’s crucial that the north London side seal three points here.

West Brom have little to play for for the remainder of the season. They sit 14th and have reached that magical 40-point mark so relegation fears have disappeared.

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However, Tony Pulis will be frustrated with the fact that his side have lost back-to-back games coming into this tie. Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Watford would have been particularly hard to take, considering Saido Berahino missed two penalties in the second half.

The Baggies have only won one of their last 11 away games in the Premier League and are huge outsiders to leave the Emirates with three points on Thursday.

That said, West Brom have already beaten Arsenal this season, recording a 2-1 win at the Hawthorns in November. That win ended a 10-game winless streak against the Gunners and so this might be closer than many expect.

Team News

Mikel Arteta remains out injured for Arsenal, though long-term absentees Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have returned to training. However, this game will likely come too soon for both. Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky are also close to returning but are lacking match fitness and so neither are expected to return to the starting lineup. Danny Welbeck will hope to continue to spearhead the attack ahead of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.

West Brom have just two injuries to worry about as midfielders Chris Brunt and James Morrison will miss this clash. Saido Berahino will hope to keep his place in the side despite missing two penalties last weekend.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/W/D/D

West Brom’s last five: W/L/D/L/L

Key Stat: Arsenal have only won four of their last 13 Premier League matches – only one victory more than West Brom have managed in the same time.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean star has seemingly come through a tough spell and is looking sharp once again. He has contributed to seven goals in his last six league outings and will expect to hurt the Baggies on Thursday evening.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 West Brom – Arsenal have a lot more to play for than West Brom as we enter the final few games of the season and they need three points on Thursday. They should get them but West Brom might offer a tougher test than most are expecting. A win for Arsenal would take their total to 500 in the Premier League and that should be the outcome here.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – West Ham vs. Arsenal 

Venue: Boleyn Ground – Saturday, April 9 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: West Ham 14/5 – Draw 13/5 – Arsenal 10/11

Match Preview

West Ham host Arsenal on Saturday afternoon as the London rivals kickoff an exciting weekend of Premier League football in the final meeting between the two at the Boleyn Ground.

West Ham are chasing a top four place and a win on Saturday would see them join Manchester City on 54 points and so their hopes of obtaining Champions League football could rise significantly.

However, the 2-2 draw last weekend against an out-of-form Crystal Palace side will be seen as two points dropped, which at this stage of the season, can be detrimental to their chances.

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If they can bounce back with another strong performance against one of the league’s elite sides, belief will start to flow through the squad that they could realistically seal a top four finish.

Arsenal on the other hand are still chasing a title, despite being 11 points off would-be champions Leicester City. Their chances are slim but Arsene Wenger knows his side need to win this game to keep faint hopes alive.

They are four points clear of Manchester City so their grip on an automatic Champions League slot is firm at the minute but a loss on Saturday could see City close the gap to one and would really ile pressure on the Gunners for the run-in.

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Form is with Arsenal as they are searching for their third win on the bounce after scoring six and conceding zero in their last two league outings. Belief and confidence should be high going into Saturday’s game.

These sides met on the opening day of the 2015/16 season at the Emirates, with West Ham picking up a shock 2-0 win with a result that set the tone for what has been a remarkable season.

Team News

West Ham will be without Arsenal loanee Carl Jenkinson, who is out for the season with a knee injury, while James Collins (hamstring) and Sam Byram (muscle tear) are both out and will not feature either.

Arsenal midfielders Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Mathieu Flamini (hip) are both doubts. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Santi Cazorla (heel) are both still out. Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere are back in full training but are lacking match fitness and aren’t expected to feature here. Danny Welbeck may be preferred to Olivier Giroud in attack once again.

Key Points

West Ham’s last five: W/W/W/D/D

Arsenal’s last five: L/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: West Ham last completed the double over Arsenal in the 2006/07 season. Opportunity.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean international had a goal and an assist in the Gunners’ win over Watford last time out. Replicating this form will prove pivotal if Arsenal are to take three points from West Ham on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

West Ham 1-1 Arsenal – The Hammers have been a refreshing side since the appointment of Slaven Bilic last summer. They are much stronger defensively and pose numerous threats in attack. Arsenal have assets of the own but we expect the two to equal each other out in what should be a hard-fought London derby.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur 

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Saturday, October 24 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 7/10 – Draw 3/1 – Tottenham 7/2

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome fierce rivals Tottenham in the Premier League this Sunday, in what is the second North London derby of the season.

The Gunners are in fantastic domestic form and have won their last five on the bounce. They come into this one off the back of their 3-0 away win over Swansea last weekend.

However, Arsene Wenger’s side were thumped 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday evening and they cannot afford to allow that result to play on their minds heading into this tie.

Arsenal sit second in the league, only trailing leaders Manchester City on goal difference, so this is a must win game for more than one reason. Wenger’s side have to continue their excellent home form and avoid losing games like this to give them a great chance of challenging for the title.

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Tottenham are proving to be one of the hardest teams to beat this season, having lost only once back on the opening day of the season.

They lost the earlier meeting against their rivals 2-1 in the League Cup back in September and will want to exact revenge here in the first league derby between the two this campaign.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last ten Premier League games and come into this one off the back of their 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Monday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 2-1 in midweek against Anderlecht in the Europa League and so confidence will be sky high.

Tottenham are in a great position to win this game and so we could be in for a North London Derby classic.

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Team News

Arsenal’s injury woes continue. They could be without as many as eight first team players for this one as Hector Bellerin, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Thomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are all set to miss out. Laurent Koscielny is a doubt and he would be a huge miss should he miss out.

Tottenham have six injury concerns. Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard are out, while Danny Rose, Clinton N’Jie, Heung Min Son and Nabil Bentaleb are all doubtful. Son made his return to action on Thursday and could feature off the bench.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/W/W 

Tottenham’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/D/W/W

Key Stat: Arsenal have an incredible home record against Tottenham. They are undefeated in 19 of the last 20 meetings between the sides in all competitions.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs forward has netted five in his last three in all competitions and looks to be back to his confident best. He has already scored against Arsenal in the North London Derby and will be looking to cause further problems to an injury-stricken home side.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham – This has the makings of one to remember. Arsenal’s injuries could well be a problem but they still have the firepower of Olivier Giroud, who seems to score every time he plays at the moment, as well as Alexis Sanchez. Spurs will see this as an opportunity to take all three points but with both sides in great form they are tough to split.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Everton 

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Saturday, October 24 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 4/9 – Draw 15/4 – Everton 11/2

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome Everton to the Emirates on Saturday evening fresh from beating German giants Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Many are wondering if this could finally be the year Arsenal grab themselves the title that has evaded them since 2004. And many believe they stand a serious chance.

The Gunners are on a high after winning their last three on the bounce and will be confident of making it four with a win on Saturday.

Arsenal’s record in the Premier League: P9 – W6 – D1 – L2

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Everton are suffering from a bit of a stutter at the moment, having only managed one win in their last four.

Given the current quality of the squad and the added luxury of having no European football as a distraction, there is no reason why the Toffees can’t challenge for a European spot this term.

However, with key starters Leighton Baines and Tom Cleverley on the sidelines, perhaps the injuries are hindering Everton at the moment. That was certainly evident in last week’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United.

Everton’s record in the Premier League: P9 – W3 – D4 – L2

Arsenal won the most recent meeting between these two back in March in a 2-0 victory at the Emirates. That was the Gunners’ only league win against Everton in their last six clashes.

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Team News

Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, David Ospina, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky for the visit of Everton as all of them are out through injury.

Everton are still missing Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar and Tom Cleverley through injury, although they are all nearing a return. Muhamed Besic is doubtful but could feature at some point.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: W/L/W/W/W

Everton’s last five: W/D/W/D/L

Key Stat: Arsenal are undefeated in their last 18 home matches against Everton in all competitions, with the Toffees’ last win at Arsenal coming in January 1996.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – It would seem unjust to highlight anyone else as Sanchez is the key man in this Arsenal side. He is world class in the final third so expect some more magic.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-0 Everton – Arsenal were sensational in midweek, downing Bayern Munich in the Champions League, while Everton were slack in their 3-0 loss at home to Manchester United last weekend. This should be an easy home win.