The sense of relief was palpable as Arsenal defeated Wigan on penalties to reach the FA Cup final on Saturday and now the Gunners must capitalise on the much-needed morale boost gleaned from that result as they turn their attention to securing fourth spot in the Premier League.
On paper, bookies believe Arsene Wenger’s men should comfortably improve their chances in that department by picking up a maximum haul against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium and the best price available for a home victory is Coral’s 4/9.
However, it’s hard to say how much their Wembley exploits will have taken out of Arsenal, who were far from convincing against Championship opposition and given the way the Gunners have been playing of late, it would be foolish to simply write off the Hammers.
Bet365′s 15/2 outsiders are as good as safe having amassed 37 points so there’s next to no pressure on them here. They’re also well rested, having not played for over a week and their form is solid enough – their last three having produced two wins and a good performance in defeat against leaders Liverpool.
The hosts are also conceding plenty of goals at the minute, which will help the visitors, so it looks like a match in which both teams will score (10/11, William Hill) and West Ham front man Andy Carroll looks huge at 10/3 via Coral to capitalise on any defensive frailty by netting at some point.