Ozil dropped, Martinelli to start and Saka decision: Arsenal predicted line-up vs West Ham

How Arsenal could line-up to face West Ham in the Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Arsenal host West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon, in what is a crucial game for both sides.

The Gunners are now five points off fifth placed Manchester United, and eight points behind Chelsea in fourth as Arsenal continue their push to qualify for European football next season.

Meanwhile, the Hammers are continuing to battle to avoid relegation, with Moyes’ side only outside of the bottom three on goal difference.

Both sides go into the game off the back of a victory, with Arsenal winning 2-0 at Portsmouth on Monday night in the FA Cup fifth round, while West Ham won 3-1 against Southampton to move out of the relegation zone.

So how will Arsenal line up against the Hammers?

Two of our writers take a look at the options for Arteta and how the Gunners could line up against West Ham, below.

The Manchester City match in midweek has added some intriguing wrinkles to the visit of West Ham to the Emirates.

Suddenly this feels even more like a must-win game on the assumption that three points at the Etihad is highly unlikely. As such I would be inclined to move out some of the struggling players from recent weeks.

In particular it is hard to put together a convincing case for either Mesut Ozil or Alexandre Lacazette after their performances against Olympiacos.

Instead it’s time to bring a bit of verve into the attack in the form of Gabriel Martinelli and Joe Willock. Neither were the best performers against Portsmouth and Eddie Nketiah could feel hard done by if he doesn’t start; although his pressing would be invaluable against City in midweek.

There is also the simple reality that it is time to see what Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can do through the middle – he has been a reliable source of goals out wide but often that’s because Mikel Arteta has moved him infield anyway. Play him through the middle and this shaky West Ham defence should be in for a real test.

Predicted (4-2-3-1) Line up: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka; Xhaka, Ceballos; Pepe, Willock, Martinelli; Aubameyang.

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