Arsenal have the opportunity to secure their first Premier League win of the season when they entertain West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners have had a tough introduction under Unai Emery with back-to-back defeats versus Manchester City and Chelsea and this presently sees them lying above the relegation zone on only goal difference.
Petr Cech has already been confirmed by Emery as the first-choice goalkeeper and the 36-year-old should retain his position between the sticks after making numerous saves during the recent derby defeat at Chelsea.
In defence, Emery may not tinker on the existing combination despite the failure to keep a shutout. Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal should occupying the right and left-back positions respectively with Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi making up the heart of the backline.
Onto the midfield, Mateo Guendouzi is pretty much certain to keep his position after being the standout performer for the Gunners in their recent defeats. However, the same cannot be said about Granit Xhaka, who has come under fire from fans and pundits alike for his limited mobility on the field.
Summer signing Lucas Torreira is a strong contender to replace the Swiss international for the Hammers visit after impressing with his cameo roles against both Manchester City and Chelsea.
Onto the attack, Mesut Ozil’s position has been called into question after his average performances in recent games and Emery may decide to bench him to compensate for Aaron Ramsey’s return to the starting lineup.
The Welshman should take up the number 10 position and he could be flanked by Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – both of whom were on the scoresheet during the 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Upfront, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should continue getting the trust from Emery despite missing two clear-cut chances versus Chelsea. The Gabon international should lead the line ahead of Alexandre Lacazette, who may have to settle for a cameo role once more.
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