West Ham vs Arsenal: All the Best Pre-Match Stats as Aubameyang Seeks First Goal Against Hammers

​West Ham host Arsenal at the London Stadium in the final game of the Premier League weekend, with both sides desperate for three points.

The hosts have been awful of late, but the visitors have been worse – meaning we’re either going to be in for a tense, nervy affair or an open, see-saw battle between two teams who are bereft of confidence.

The Hammers lay 16th after a rotten of results, though they did inexplicably beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend against the odds. The Gunners, meanwhile, haven’t won in nine games in all competitions, eight of those coming in the Premier League – their worst run of results since 1977.

With the phrase all to play for, particularly in the managerial departments, very much the order of the day, here’s all the key facts and stats, courtesy of ​Opta, to whet your appetite before kick-off – with some making pretty grim reading for both sides…


Hammers Home Struggles

Ryan Fredericks

West Ham haven’t been particularly good all season, but their wretched run of results has left most supporters (me) feeling pretty downbeat about life.

Last season though, they triumphed 1-0 over ​Arsenal – thanks to a corker of a strike from Declan Rice. The problem is, West Ham haven’t won back-to-back home league games against Arsenal for 35 years – with a trip back to October 1984, via Stranger Things, required in order to find the last time they did.

About time that changed, some might say.


Who Better Than West Ham?

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Back in 2001, those of us who indulged in watching the World Wrestling Federation, especially the Invasion angle, were left asking one question: Who Better Than Kanyon?

It turned out, multiple people were. But in this particular instance, there really is no better opposition for Arsenal to face in order to wake from their slumber than West Ham.

The Gunners have won 12 times in the ​Premier League era in east London, the most success they’ve had at any ground – alongside Everton and Aston Villa. 

Couple that with the fact that only Manchester United have won more times on a Monday than Arsenal, while West Ham have lost more times on a Monday than anybody else, and you begin to see light beaming out of a very distant tunnel.


Away Day Miseries

Alexandre Lacazette

But.

And it’s potentially a big but for West Ham.

History may be on Arsenal’s side, but nothing else has been this season. The Gunners have won just one of their last 11 Premier League away games, and triumphed in only two of their last 12 away London derbies – form that really doesn’t bode well for this fixture.

Once you add to the mix the fact that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been involved in ten goals in his last ten games (eight goals and two assists), but has never scored against West Ham in three appearances – his worst record against any side in the league – and you may start blowing bubbles after all.


Flippin’ Hell Felipe

Felipe Anderson

Back to West Ham now and back to more miserable statistics, including a rather ordinary one involving winger Felipe Anderson.

The Brazilian cost the best part of £40m last summer and initially looked to be rather handy, taking on defenders, scoring goals and setting more up for fun. He’s seemingly had enough of that though, and hasn’t been involved in any goal for 553 minutes – or eight games, the majority of which he’s been hooked in.

The ​Hammers also are in the worst form in the league based on their last eight games, picking up just four points. They’ve also lost their last two home games, which conceivably could become three with another dour performance. 

Should that happen, it will be the first time since October 2013 that West Ham have been that bad at home – not since the good ol’ days of Big Sam.


Confirmed Lineups

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Exclusive: Christian Eriksen Expecting Pre-Contract Offers in January & His Stance on Man Utd Move

Manchester United retain their longstanding interest in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen as the January transfer window approaches, but the Old Trafford club is set to face significant competition for the Dane’s signature from many of Europe’s biggest sides.

Eriksen is out of contract at Spurs at the end of this season and is set to leave the club – either in summer as a free agent, or next month if a transfer fee is agreed with his current employer.

Christian Eriksen

United have held an interest in Eriksen for a number of years. That interest has not gone away, although there would need to be an indication from the player or his representatives that it is reciprocated as Eriksen has turned them down in the past.

“Of course, the club would be interested,” a United source has told 90min.

“The club have a longstanding interest in Eriksen, but the player would need to make it known he is keen on the move – something he hasn’t been in previous windows.”

Eriksen could be available for as little as £40m in January as a result of his contract situation. Spurs have been forced to slash their asking price as failing to sell when the winter window opens in just three weeks’ time will result in them losing him for free come summer.

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For a player of 27, at his peak, and seen as one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe, that is a relatively small price to pay. But United are also set to face a lot of competition if they do get a positive indication from the player and seriously pursue him in January.

That is because Eriksen’s expiring contract will allow him to formally speak to foreign clubs as soon as he enters the final six months of the deal on New Year’s Day and potentially negotiate a pre-contract agreement for a free transfer in the summer.

90min has learned that Eriksen is therefore keeping his options open in the expectation that he will have such offers to consider from almost every big club in Europe – including the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.


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Frank Lampard Confirms Antonio Rudiger is Ready to Return From Injury for Chelsea

Frank Lampard has confirmed that Antonio Rudiger will be in Chelsea’s matchday squad to face Lille on Tuesday after an injury-plagued season.

The Germany international has played just 45 minutes of senior football this campaign, with knee and groin problems repeatedly sidelining him.

Antonio Rudiger,Diogo Jota

Blues boss Lampard ​revealed that Rudiger could play some part in their crucial ​Champions League match on Tuesday, but Fikayi Tomori and Olivier Giroud will miss out through injury. Tomori has a minor hip strain, while Giroud’s injury is unspecified.

While a return for ​Rudiger is on the cards, Lampard is aware that there will be a lot of expectation around the defender to immediately make a difference after a tough season so far.

“Yeah, it’s potentially difficult but our guard against that [high expectations] was to give him a lot of work,” Lampard said. “We’ve managed to create some things behind the scenes here in training that look like match play – and some pure running as well, to be fair. He’s come through all of that. You only speak as you look at him and he looks fit and ready to go and I know he’s hungry.

Antonio Rudiger

“In terms of the people building him up, probably rightly so. He’s a good defender. Everyone spoke about youth at the start of the season and all these things and transfer bans. I think people overlooked that we started the season with five big players all injured. Carrying on that now Rudi is just back and Ruben [Loftus-Cheek], who’s a big player for us, we do miss those individuals. Let’s see what he can add to us now.”

Rudiger’s return to the ​Chelsea side could be a timely one – they have conceded more goals than any other side in the top half of the ​Premier League this season (24), and defensive woes have underpinned their recent drop in form.

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It was recently reported that Chelsea were ​keeping tabs on Bournemouth defender Nathan Aké, and any move to bring the Netherlands international back to Stamford Bridge would depend on Rudiger’s long-term fitness.

Since joining from Roma in 2017, Rudiger has been one of Chelsea’s first choice defenders, but injury woes have hampered the 26-year-old’s progress this season. Lampard will be hoping the German can reintegrate in the starting lineup swiftly to sooth his defensive quandary.

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Manchester United Ready to Double Scott McTominay’s Wages & Tie Him to New 5-Year Contract

​Manchester United are eager to reward Scott McTominay’s impressive form with a new contract that will double his weekly wage.

Despite the Red Devils’ inconsistent start to the campaign, McTominay has blossomed into one of their most important players, making 18 appearances so far this season.

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He has been one of the first names on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team sheet this season, and ​The Sun claim that ​United want to reward that with a new long-term contract which would see his wages doubled to £60,000 per week.

The Scotland international only penned a new deal back in January and remains under contract until 2023, but United believe that he has earned himself a significant pay rise to reflect his importance to the team.

This potential new contract is understood to last until 2025, while United also want the option to extend it by a further 12 months, just as they have with his current deal.

The hope is that talks can begin soon and be wrapped up fairly quickly, and there is a confidence that negotiations will go smoothly as both sides want to make things work.

“It’s fair to say we are delighted with how Scott has responded to signing his first big contract,” a club source is quoted as saying.

“Some players tail off but he has got his head down and justified the faith the club have shown in him. We have always made it clear the big money will come if the younger players perform, they don’t need to be looking enviously elsewhere for it. Scott is a prime example of someone who has taken his chance when it came and we will recognise his elevated status.”


McTominay has put in a number of fantastic showings this season, but one of his finest performances came in Saturday’s 2-1 win over rivals ​Manchester City. Alongside ​Fred, the Scot dominated in midfield and helped inspire United to back-to-back victories.

There had been plenty of interest from clubs in England and Scotland to take McTominay on loan this season, but United chose to remain committed to him, and they are certainly reaping the rewards right now.


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VIDEO: Raheem Sterling Celebrates Birthday in Style and Gives Touching Tribute to His Mum

107 senior goals, two Premier League titles, seven major trophies, and 56 England caps. Not a bad haul before your 25th birthday, is it? 

Having been a leader both on the pitch with his goals and assists and off it in the fight against racism in recent years, ​Raheem Sterling has been an incredibly influential figure in more ways than any young player in his position should ever really have to.

Raheem Sterling

And for that, he deserves a night to himself, where he can dance away, free of judgement, to a brass band playing Beyoncé and Jay-Z. 

And it seems that’s how the ​Manchester City star spent his birthday celebrations, as video footage has emerged from his Great Gatsby-themed party which took place over the weekend, and showed Sterling showing off some (admittedly crap) dance moves to a rendition 2003 smash hit ‘Crazy in Love’.

Bottle of champagne in hand and pulling off a dashing white suit in spectacular fashion, footage from Man City Xtra shows the England international lauding the attention of his friends and family (as is one’s right on their birthday, especially if they’re on 15 goals for the season before Christmas) before gesturing for a microphone to deliver some tipsy words to his adoring audience. 


The poor quality audio makes it difficult to make out much of what he says (something about Frankenstein, and then someone called Billy maybe, but who knows) up until he starts talking about his mum.

“My mum showed me the way,” he said. “How to be strong, how to be wise…”

Then it gets lost to incoherence again, but you catch the drift. 

Happy birthday, Raheem Sterling: an exceptionally humble, exceptionally talented man, who occasionally likes to enjoy himself, and should really be left to it without the worry of half-baked criticism of his lifestyle choices.


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