Watch live online to see if Arsenal can make a strong start to a season when they believe they have a realistic chance to win their first Barclays Premier League championship since 2004, when the Gunners face West Ham United Sunday — a team with a powerful motivation of their own to climb the Premier League table.
The 2015-2016 season will be the last for the Hammers in their longtime home of Upton Park before relocating into London’s Olympic Stadium, and under a new manager, 46-year-old former Croatian international Slaven Bilic, West Ham will be under pressure to justify the move into their lavish new home.
To find out how to watch the Arsenal v. West Ham United Barclays Premier League showdown live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff time is set for 1:30 p.m. at Emirates Stadium in North London on Sunday, August 9. That’s 8:30 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 5:30 a.m. Pacific.
The Bilic era at West Ham got off to an inauspicious start on Thursday when the team crashed out of the UEFA Europa League in a qualifying playoff match against what should have been an easily beatable Romanian Astra Giurgiu side — mainly because Bilic selected a team with 10 inexperienced players from lower in the West Ham system, with Arsenal loaner Carl Jenkinson rounding out the squad.
The loss was a heavy price to pay for resting nearly the entire team that will take to the pitch against Arsenal on Sunday, so Bilic may feel some urgency to make his gamble pay off.
But Arsenal, who placed third last season to West Ham United’s 12th, is just as determined — and far more talented.
“I’m ready for a fight and of course motivated to start well,” said Arsenal’s manager of the the past 19 seasons, Arsene Wenger.
“One of our targets is to start strong. We had a good preparation and that should give us the needed confidence,” Wenger said. “The Premier League is a fight in every single game so we have to prepare ourselves mentally for that and come strong out of the blocks straight away against West Ham.”
To watch Arsenal vs. West Ham United and see the Gunners begin their quest for their first Barclays Premier League title in 12 years live online, use the live stream provided by NBC Sports Live Extra at this link, or download the NBC Sports Live Extra app to watch the match on mobile devices.
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