Arsenal vs West Ham: Gunners must counter Hammers aerial threat; Theo Walcott key for hosts

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We bring you the best stats ahead of Arsenal's Premier League clash with West Ham United.

Arsenal will be aiming to build upon their fine pre-season form when they start their 2015/16 Premier League campaign at home to West Ham.

Having finished 12 points behind champions Chelsea last season, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will be looking to mount a serious title challenge this time round.

The Frenchman will be hoping to kick-off the new term in perfect fashion; with three points against Slaven Bilic's Hammers, who will be looking to mark their move away from the Boleyn Ground with a top ten finish. 

Ahead of the weekend's match-up, here are a few of the best Opta stats...

14 - Arsenal have lost just one of their last 14 Premier League fixtures on the opening weekend, winning nine (D4).

9 - West Ham have lost more Premier League games on the opening weekend than any other side (9).

6 - Arsenal have been shown more opening day red cards than any other Premier League side (6).

9 - The Gunners have won their last nine league encounters with West Ham and are unbeaten in 14 (W12 D2).

7 - The Hammers won on their last trip to Highbury in 2005/06 and on their first trip to the Emirates in 2006/07 but have not won at Arsenal in the league since (D1 L6).

5 - Olivier Giroud has scored five goals in five Premier League appearances against West Ham, with four of those strikes coming on home soil.

5 - Theo Walcott has scored more top-flight goals against the Hammers than versus any other opponent (5).

78 -  Petr Cech has posted the best saves to shots ratio (min. 50 saves) of any goalkeeper in the Premier League over the last three seasons (78%)

135 - Dimitri Payet created the most chances in the top five European leagues in 2014/15 (135).

15 - West Ham scored 15 headed goals in 2014/15, second only to West Brom (16), while Arsenal conceded the highest proportion of goals to headers (36%).

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