Arsenal host West Ham United in Sunday’s early Premier League kick-off at the Emirates Stadium. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has recently announced his decision to step down from his managerial role in the summer and the players are likely to put up a strong performance against their London rivals.
Speaking in Thursday’s press conference, Wenger confirmed that the likes of Aaron Ramsey and David Ospina are back in contention after recovering from cut and a knee issue respectively. However, Jack Wilshere remains a doubt with a minor ankle problem whilst Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not expected to make the field until Thursday’s Europa League tie against Atletico Madrid. The Armenian has been nursing a medial knee ligament problem.
Petr Cech has been the Gunners’ trusted goalkeeper for the Premier League, and he is likely to start between the sticks ahead of Ospina, who has mostly been used for the Cup and European competitions.
Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal should return on the right and left side of the defender with regular skipper Laurent Koscielny featuring alongside Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the backline.
In midfield, Wenger should accommodate one of the spots for Granit Xhaka, who has featured in every league game for the club this term. Aside from the Swiss, the Frenchman may slot Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey in the three-man combination.
Further forward, we are fancying both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to start, and this could witness one of the players drifting into a wider position. In this case, Aubameyang is probably a strong contender to feature on the left-wing with Mesut Ozil on the right and this should allow Alexandre Lacazette to lead the line. The Frenchman has bagged four goals in five appearances since his injury comeback.
Arsenal lineup (4-3-3): Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal; Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey; Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Alexandre Lacazette