Premier League: West Ham United vs Arsenal

By Jason Bardwell
Photo Courtesy of Arsenal’s Official Facebook Page

The sooner Sam Allardyce can get the striker situation resolved at the Boleyn Ground, the better it would be for the future of the London club. Nov. 30 was the last time West Ham United won, and although it was at home, it was still convincing and feelings were that things were looking up.

Added to the injury list for Thursday’s game is Stewart Downing, Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Mladen Petric, which will be giving Arsene Wenger cause for a smile.

Arsenal had run away to a massive lead in the Premiership early on, but hadn’t really faced any of the top sides in the League, and that was always where their credentials were going to be tested. Two tied games at the Emirates and a 6-3 defeat away to Manchester City has seen Arsenal not only have their lead cut, but overtaken.

Now, it is important that Arsenal starts getting wins again and asserting their dominance if they are to still be considered title favorites going into the final stretch. They will have to do this without Jack Wilshire, who is serving the last match of his two match ban for giving an obscene gesture to Manchester fans at the end of that 6-3 game. Added to that silly ban are injuries to Laurent Koscielny, Yaya Sanogo, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby, who are all absent due to legitimate injuries. That said, I do not foresee any trouble for the remaining players to have West Ham be any kind of serious threat.

Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook.

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