Arsenal face West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday, aiming to keep their recent winning run in the division going.
Arsenal won their last couple of league matches 4-0 against Newcastle and 3-2 against Everton, which is the positive side going into the weekend’s match against West Ham.
Of course, the team have since had to deal with the Europa League elimination to Olympiacos. They bounced back with an FA Cup victory over Portsmouth on Monday, but to have any chance qualifying for the Champions League they have to get league wins.
Let’s have a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup vs West Ham.
Bernd Leno will start in goal, after Emi Martinez took the FA Cup spot on Monday. Neither goalkeeper is quite on top form right now, so hopefully, that changes from this weekend onwards.
Pablo Mari made a positive debut against Portsmouth, and Mikel Arteta suggested he’s ready for another game this weekend. If that’s the case, we expect him to start alongside David Luiz, as the two can be so important to Arsenal in possession.
There are other options, from Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos to Rob Holding, but none of them offer the same type of distribution, particularly as Mari is the only left-footed player of the bunch.
Bukayo Saka should stay in the team at left-back. Kieran Tierney is back, but probably only ready for a squad role on this occasion. Hector Bellerin can start on the other side after his rest on Monday.
Granit Xhaka and Mesut Özil are likely to start, as usual in the league games.
The usual question for the third spot is whether it will be Lucas Torreira or Dani Ceballos. Unfortunately, Torreira’s injury means there’s no choice on this occasion. Ceballos played well on Monday, so that’s not the end of the world.
Matteo Guendouzi and Joe Willock are both options as well, and they’ll probably make the bench.
Eddie Nketiah started the last couple of league games, but the suspicion is that was only to allow Alexandre Lacazette to rest ahead of the Olympiacos matches. Now there’s no Europa League distraction, we predict Lacazette to come back in.
It’s harsh on Nketiah, who has three goals in four starts since his return from loan. It’s just hard to see Lacazette dropping out with no other competitions to give him games until the FA Cup returns.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has to start on the left, and Nicolas Pepe on the right. The two starred in the win over West Ham away from home, along with Gabriel Martinelli. Martinelli is taking a back seat to Aubameyang and Lacazette right now though.