Analysis: Three West Ham players key to piling more misery on Arsenal
COMMENT by Amir Mir
West Ham take on Arsenal at the London Stadium on Saturday evening in what is expected to be a closely fought contest.
Relegation threatened Hammers will be looking to bounce back from their 4-1 thumping against Manchester United on Wednesday night, which saw them knocked out of the EFL Cup.
Equally, Arsene Wenger’s side will want to put their disappointing 2-0 loss to Southampton in the very same tournament behind them.
Here, Football Insider analyses the three players for Slaven Bilic’s side who could cause an upset and pick up all three points against the Gunners at the weekend:
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The 29-year-old will need to show his form of last season, if his side are to pick up three points on Saturday and move away from the relegation zone.
Payet’s ability to pick out a pass, cause problems at a set-piece or spark the game into life at any moment, could be handy against a vulnerable Arsene Wenger side.
Arsenal have not kept a clean sheet during their last seven games in all competitions and the home side, along with Payet, can target that weakness.
Wenger’s side boast a plethora of high quality attackers amongst their ranks, including forward Alexis Sanchez and playmaker Mesut Ozil.
The duo can hurt any opposition in Europe on their day, therefore, the New Zealand international will need to be on his toes at the weekend.
Reid will most likely play in a back three, but he will need to cut out any passes Ozil provides or darting runs Sanchez makes during the game.
The injury-prone striker is expected to feature against the north London club after recovering from a knee injury which has seen him feature in only one Premier League game this term.
During their last league fixture in April, target-man Carroll hit a hat-trick against their London rivals on home soil.
Carroll’s strength and areal ability will once again be a threat to the Gunners backline, whether he starts the game or comes on as an impact sub.
In other West Ham team news, BBC pundit Danny Murphy has made a bold claim about the Hammers.