Arsenal are now in danger of falling out of the top four following their 3-1 defeat to Chelsea last time out. Arsene Wenger’s side are only one point clear of Liverpool and two ahead of Manchester United heading into the final stretch of the season.
Hull’s incredible resurgance under Marco Silva continued at the weekend when they pulled off a fantastic 2-0 win over Liverpool to follow up from the 0-0 draw they managed with Manchester United the game before.
Surely they cannot record three positive results in a row against three of the biggest teams in the league?
Even if the Tigers are not able to come away from their trip to the Emirates with some points, they will not make it easy for an Arsenal side that desperately need a win here to balance the ship. Place your Bet on NaijaBet.com
Arsenal have scored four goals in each of their last two matches against Hull but will do well to enjoy a repeat scoreline here.
Chelsea managed to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League despite only managing a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Tuesday and they should all but secure the title if they avoid defeat at home to Arsenal on Saturday.
Arsenal failed to gain ground on Chelsea in midweek after slipping to their home league defeat since August at the hands of Watford and they could finish the weekend outside the top four if they lose at Stamford Bridge. NaijaBet.com
The Gunners recorded their first league win against Chelsea in nine attempts when the two sides met earlier in the season but things have changed dramatically since their September clash and Chelsea are firm favourites to win their fifth home league game in a row against Arsene Wenger’s side, in which Arsenal haven’t even managed to score in their last three attempts.
Chelsea – David Luiz is still struggling with a knee injury picked up earlier in the season but Antonio Conte cannot risk taking him out of the team just yet. The same is true of Eden Hazard.
Pedro started the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on the bench and could come into the team here at the expense of Willian.
A 5-0 win at Southampton on Saturday means Arsenal have failed to win just one of their last seven competitive outings. The welcome of Watford provides them with the ideal chance to continue their good form ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.
Watford crashed out of the FA Cup at the weekend and now have won just once in their last nine outings. The Hornets have lost just one of their last six meetings with the Gunners and are expected to struggle at the Emirates on Tuesday night.
Arsenal come into the fixture as overwhelming favourites and should win here.
Arsenal – Mohamed Elneny is unavailable due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt. Naija and Bet
Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy and Yaya Sanogo are all ruled out for the Gunners, while Granit Xhaka serves the second of a four-match ban.
Paul Clement lost his first official game in charge of Swansea in a 2-0 defeat to relegation rivals Hull in the FA Cup third round at the weekend. Now Clement is tasked with hosting Arsenal as he prepares to make his bow in front of the Swansea fans.
Swansea have proved difficult opponents for Arsenal in the past but most of their success has come at Arsenal. On home soil they have lost three of their last four against the Gunners. Naija and Bet
Arsenal are unbeaten in four matches but their haven’t been too many convincing displays in that time and this could be the time for Swansea to catch them off guard, although that still seems unlikely.
Swansea – New Swansea manager Paul Clement will be without Jefferson Montero for his first Premier League match in charge.
Neil Taylor has fractured his cheekbone and will undergo sugery, although a date is yet to be set. He will not be available for some time.
Bournemouth bounced back from back-to-back defeats with a resounding 3-0 win at Swansea at New Year’s Eve and will hope to take advantage of the extra day’s rest ahead of the welcome of Arsenal.
The Cherries, however, have lost their three Premier League meetings with the north London outfit, conceding seven in the process.
Following back-to-back losses, Arsenal have secured back-to-back wins following victories over West Brom and Crystal Palace. That being said, they have won just one of their last four away Premier League games, with the two defeats coming at Everton and Manchester City.
Bournemouth will be confident on home turf, but Arsenal could make it three successive league wins when they make the trip to the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday night. Place your bet on Naijabet.com
Bournemouth – Eddie Howe is again unable to call on Marc Pugh and Lewis Cook through injury.
Arsenal’s title challenge has taken a real hit following two straight defeats which has left them nine points behind league leaders Chelsea. The Gunners will hope a return to home soil will bring renewed confidence, as they haven’t lost at the Emirates since a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in August.
West Brom turned in a disappointing performance in a 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester United on Saturday and Tony Pulis will be demanding a response on Boxing Day. They will, however, have to sort out their mixed away form, which has only yielded two wins all season.
Arsenal have won all of their last six home league meetings with West Brom and have kept a clean sheet in four of the last five. Even though their form has dipped in recent weeks they should have enough to overcome the Baggies on Monday. Naija and Bet
Arsenal – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ruled out for Arsenal’s Boxing Day match against West Brom after lasting just 12 minutes as a substitute before being forced off in the second half of their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City because of injury.
Manchester City recorded their first win in four matches with a comfortable 2-0 win against Watford in midweek. They now have the chance to close some ground on a title rival when they welcome Arsenal to the Etihad on Sunday.
They are only one point behind second place Arsenal ahead of the last round of matches before Christmas.
Arsenal slipped to a surprise 2-1 defeat away to Everton on Tuesday, but they haven’t lost consecutive away matches in the Premier League since April 2014.
They are also unbeaten in their last six matches against City, which should give Arsene Wenger’s side a huge amount of confidence. Naijabet.com
Manchester City – Ilkay Gündogan suffered knee ligament damage in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Watford in midweek and is expected to be sidelined for a few months. With Fernandinho also suspended, it leaves Pep Guardiola short of genuine central midfielders, with Fernando and Yaya Toure expected to fill in.
West Ham’s season went from bad to worse during the week. They were not only dumped out of the EFL Cup but injuries picked up to Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell has heaped further misery on Slaven Bilic ahead of the reception of Arsenal.
The Hammers have failed to win any of their last five in all competitions and are only above the bottom three on goal difference. Despite what has been a turbulent transition into the London Stadium, West Ham are unbeaten in their last four home matches across all competitions.
Arsenal also come into this match off the back of a disappointing cup exit in midweek, but they will field an almost entirely different team this weekend. The Gunners have only managed one win in their last five competitive matches but they are still unbeaten away from home this season. Naijabet.com
West Ham are unbeaten in their last two matches against Arsenal, which should give Bilic’s side some confidence ahead of this fixture. Andy Carroll scored a hat-trick in this corresponding 3-3 draw last season and could make a return to the starting XI here after a three-month absence through injury.
His availability could change the outcome of this London derby, although Arsenal should still come away with three points to keep pace with their title rivals.