Preview: Arsenal v West Ham

Arsenal host West Ham United in the Premier League for the first home game of the new season looking to continue the recent momentum. 

There is a positive vibe flowing through the club following the positive performance against Fulham and the announcement of club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new three-year contract. 

In contrast there isn’t much to shout about for the Irons after players followed up their public disapproval of Grady Diangana’s sale to West Brom with a dismal display in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United. 

However, the Gunners have struggled against teams in the lower half of the table and their creative threat has been questioned. Have they found a solution or was last weekend a one-off? 

With no new additions, Mikel Arteta will have the same pool of players to pick from and could go with the same 11 that impressed at Craven Cottage. David Luiz’s recovery from a neck injury could see him return in place of Rob Holding or Gabriel Magalhães, who enjoyed a strong debut. 

Mohamed Elneny, another stronger performer at Fulham, will hope to keep hold of his place with Dani Ceballos pushing for a recall. Arteta mentioned that the Egyptian needed to know the club had belief in him so what message would it send to drop him.

Further up the field, with a further week of training and fitness could Nicolas Pépé start or does Willian deserve another opportunity? They are the main selection issues for Arteta?

He may even decide to rotate a few players with Leicester City in the Carabao Cup on the horizon on Wednesday so the likes of Lucas Torreira, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah may be given the nod. 

Whoever Arteta selects there is a real pressure to get another three points on the board with a tricky schedule coming up. After the cup tie vs Leicester, the Gunners have Liverpool (A), Sheffield United (H), Manchester City (A), Leicester (H) and Manchester United (A), which will take us up to November so it’s important that the Gunners can follow up their win over Scott Parker’s men. 

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