West Ham could be forgiven for having breathed a sigh of relief when Arsenal loaned Lukas Podolski to Inter during the January transfer window, the German international had scored four goals in as many appearances against them.
Perhaps his absence could play some part in them avoiding defeat at the Gunners’ hands for the first time in ten attempts?
Unfortunately for the Irons, ‘Poldi’ was just one of a quartet of serial tormentors within the Arsenal ranks.
Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott have all taken similar levels of delight in finding the onion bag against Sam Allardyce’s side since their return to the Premier League, even sharing the same scoresheet home and away in the 2012/13 campaign.
All three are in contention for minutes when the clubs do battle and the bwin odds moguls go 40/1 about all three finding the net at the Emirates – read on for their crimes against West ham rap sheets.
Giroud was absent for this season’s trip to the Boleyn Ground thanks to the red card his rather unnecessary petulance earned him against QPR in the preceding fixture.
However, he netted against the Irons the meeting before that and boasts a goal-a-game strike rate from his four tussles with the eastenders since his arrival in the English top flight.
Also a provider, he’s laid on two assists during that sequence for good measure. The Frenchman is 11/10 to bag and a 7/2 bet to score first or last.
Against no English side has Cazorla been prolific than when he encounters West Ham, with three goals snaffled from five career clashes, most recently striking from the spot on enemy territory earlier this term.
The Spaniard has also set up three more strikes for colleagues across his quintet of meetings with Allardyce’s men – He’s 5/2 to find the net and 15/2 to open the scoring.
Walcott has been an unused substitute for the Gunners’ last three Premier League games and the Irons will be hoping it stays that way, with the injury-prone wideman finding time between his various mishaps to directly contribute to nine goals in seven games against them.
The England international is 19/10 to notch against West Ham, while given his recent bench residency the 11/2 about him scoring last may make some appeal.
Arsenal are heavy favourites at 2/5 for all three points, with their opponents 13/2 outsiders for victory and the draw a 7/2 bet.