West Ham aiming to end disappointing run against Arsenal

West Ham United host Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday desperately needing to rediscover their best form.

The Hammers are 15th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone after winning just one of their last nine league matches.

Manuel Pellegrini's side were poor against Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek, slipping to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Molineux.

The team lacked a cutting edge, with ?45 million striker Sebastien Haller once again struggling to make any sort of impact up front.

West Ham have been handed a fitness boost ahead of the Arsenal game, with Pellegrini confirming that Michail Antonio and Robert Snodgrass should be fit enough to face the Gunners.

With the Hammers woefully out of form, the draw could be one of the most popular types of bet for Monday's game.

Arsenal head into the weekend in disarray, with Thursday's dismal 2-1 home defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion leaving them 10th in the standings.

They have now failed to win any of their last nine games in all competitions and were booed off at the final whistle.

The Gunners were awful defensively, and the result did little to push Freddie Ljungberg's hopes of replacing Unai Emery as manager on a permanent basis.

His team looked short of confidence and he will undoubtedly be eager to see a much-improved display on Monday.

However, they were beaten 1-0 on their last visit to the London Stadium back in January and don't appeal as value at odds of 49/50 to gain their revenge.

The home side can be backed at 49/20 to pick up three points, but the 3/1 on offer for the draw looks the most likely outcome.

With both sides needing to arrest their slide down the table, the respective managers are expected to place an emphasis on defence.

West Ham have won just twice at home this season, while Arsenal have picked up a solitary win on the road - statistics that point to a stalemate when they go head-to-head.

The fixture kicks-off a crucial period for West Ham as they bid to turn their season around. They travel face fellow strugglers Southampton the following Saturday, before visiting Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

A home game against Leicester City on December 28 will be another tough test, while the New Years' Day clash with Bournemouth also won't be easy.

The Hammers then face a tricky looking third round tie in the FA Cup as they head to Gillingham on January 5.

The club has struggled to make its mark in the competition in recent times, suffering embarrassing fourth round exits over the past couple of seasons.

While Pellegrini's future at West Ham hasn't been placed under scrutiny just yet, a few more poor results could see the pressure cranked up.

Hopes were high at the start of the campaign that the club could kick-on this season, but the performances haven't lived up to the expectations.

A good result against Arsenal could be the catalyst for an upturn in their fortunes, although with the Gunners also in need of some positivity the draw looks a good bet.

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