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Arsenal v. West Ham preview: plumbing the depths

Just how low can the Gunners go?

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I’m not even mad anymore; I’m just disappointed and numb. I have no expectations for Arsenal tomorrow at West Ham. I have no expectations for Arsenal for the foreseeable future. The club is about as broken and dysfunctional as a club can be. Ownership is absent. Upper management lacks foresight and, apparently, basic planning skills (see the lack of a succession plan for Unai Emery). The manager is in over his head. The star strikers don’t want to sign new contracts. The defense continues to make mistakes that should have been coached out at the U-10 level. And the list goes on.

Even though I believe the players have the quality needed to turn around this tire-fire in a rickety dumpster barreling out-of-control downhill towards the fireworks factory of a season, nothing I’ve seen on the pitch in months — yes, we’re onto months of futility, not weeks — has suggested they are going to do so. What I’m trying to say is, things very easily could get a whole lot worse at Arsenal.

My “Arsenal: Embrace the Chaos” movement starts with Monday’s trip to West Ham. Like the Gunners, the Hammers are not the picture of a healthy club. They’ve dropped four out of their last five in the league and are currently 16th in the table, three points behind Arsenal. They shocked Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge two weekends ago, but other than that, haven’t won in the league since September 22nd.

So tune in tomorrow for the Premier League Toilet Bowl! It could be a loser leaves town affair! Manuel Pellegrini slid into the hottest seat in the PL when Unai Emery got the sack, and Arsenal might be forced into hiring a permanent manager if Freddie Ljungberg opens 0 and 3.

The Gunners’ interim manager is still without Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding due to injury. The hosts will be missing Łukasz Fabiański and Manuel Lanzini. They will also likely be without Michail Antonio and Jack Wilshere (shocker, that).

This will either be the single most boring game in Premier League history, or a super-fun game to watch as both teams try to right their ships. Hopefully it’ll be more of the latter, with a more fun scoreline than Arsenal have seen recently.

WHAT: Arsenal at West Ham

WHERE: London Stadium

WHEN: Monday, December 9th 12 PM PT | 3 PM ET | 8 PM BT

US TV: NBCSN. Stream here.

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