Arsenal team news: Predicted 4-2-3-1 line up vs West Ham – Arteta to make nine changes
Arsenal take on West Ham today as they look to continue their push towards the Champions League places, and Express Sport is on hand with all the latest team news ahead of the game. Mikel Arteta is set to make a host of changes ahead of the game following the Gunners’ 2-0 FA Cup win over Portsmouth.
The Gunners go into today’s game knowing a win would help them keep up with the competition in the race for the top five.
They are currently five points behind fifth-placed Manchester United, and could go within touching distance of the Champions League places with a win.
West Ham have struggled this season and are at risk of being relegated, as they currently sit level on points with 18th-placed Bournemouth, and Arteta is expected to name a strong squad in order to avoid any upsets.
Mikel Arteta has the majority of his first-team squad to pick from today, but there are still a few injury problems he has to deal with.
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Lucas Torreira suffered a fractured ankle against Portsmouth on Monday, and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Sead Kolasinac is out of action until the end of the month having suffered a shoulder sprain last month.
Cedric Soares and Callum Chambers are also unavailable through long-term problems, but Kieran Tierney is close to a return.
The Scottish defender has been out of action since December having suffered a shoulder injury, having sat out the first two months of his Arsenal career having joined the club with a hip problem.
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But now he is back in full training, and Arteta indicated that he could be close to coming back to the starting XI.
“He’s done two or three complete sessions now,” the Spaniard said. “He’s feeling more and more confident with contact around him and hopefully he will join in the squad soon.”
Arteta wasn’t so confident about Tierney, however, as he admitted the midfielder was in pain.
“He was quite positive this morning,” Arteta said. “I spoke with him and he was in pain.
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“We don’t really know exactly the extent of the injury, he needs to see the specialist tomorrow here in London and we will know more about it.”
Going forward, Arteta is likely to name a stronger side than he did on Monday against Portsmouth.
While David Luiz is set to keep his place at the back along with Bukayo Saka, the Spanish boss is expected to make nine changes to his team.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette are all set to start at The Emirates today.
Arsenal team news: 4-2-3-1 line-up vs West Ham:
Leno; Saka, Mustafi, Luiz, Bellerin; Ceballos, Xhaka; Aubameyang, Ozil, Pepe; Lacazette
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