"Gunners" have not won a championship for a long time and cup tournaments remain for them practically the only possibility of replenishing the collection of trophies. In the League Cup Arsen Wenger's wards are already three steps away from triumph and West Ham is on their way, spending a very weak season.
To the London derby with West Ham Arsenal comes after home victory over Newcastle with a minimum score of 1: 0 - the only goal in the middle of the first time was scored by Mesut Ozil. It was a match of the championship of England, in which Arsenal is now fighting for getting into the Top 4 and nothing more.
For the second time in a row Wenger's wards have not missed, and their unbeaten series now totals four games, in which they left their own gates three times intact. On his field Arsenal lost just 1 of the 14 matches of the season - in the Manchester United championship.
While in the remaining matches he won 11 wins in regular time and another victory in extra time. At the same time in nine games he managed to keep his own goal intact. In the League Cup last season Arsenal lost in the quarterfinals of Southampton, and in this football year Doncaster (1: 0) and Norwich (2-1 in extra time) passed.
West Ham defeated Stoke City on Saturday, sending three unanswered goals to the opponent's goal - Noble, Arnautovic and Sako scored on the goal. For the third time in a row, the "Hammers" did not miss and did not lose.
In addition, several unpleasant guest series were interrupted. So, before the victory over Stoke City West Ham suffered three consecutive defeats in a foreign field with a total score of 1: 8. He did not win away from home on October 25 or four games in a row. And to zero he could not play on the road in six meetings in a row.
In the League Cup last year, West Ham, like Arsenal, lost in the quarterfinals - Manchester United with a score of 1: 4. And in this draw of the tournament was Cheltenham (2-0), Bolton (3-0) and Tottenham (3: 2).
It will be the second match of Arsenal and West Ham for the week - last Wednesday they played a 0: 0 draw in the Premier League. Arsenal lost only 1 of 21 last match against West Ham, having won 15 wins and five draws.
Experts of the site Bookmakers.rf believe that in the upcoming meeting Arsenal will again be stronger and win without a missed goal, securing a place in the semi-final of the League Cup.
Betting odds for bookmakers for the Arsenal v West Ham match:
the victory of Arsenal - 1.50, a draw - 4.33, the victory of West Ham - 6.11.
Forecast for the match Arsenal - West Ham (English League Cup, 1/4 finals, December 19): Arsenal's victory; Arsenal will not miss. In the bookmaker office 1xStart predict a draw 1: 1 (coefficient 7.50). Arsenal's 2: 0 victory is quoted high (coefficient 8.50). The stakes on what Arsenal will not miss are accepted with quotation 2.43.