For the second week running Arsenal will contest in an all-London affair as they host early strugglers West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday night (8:00pm kick-off).
Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang
West Ham XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Fornals, Masuaku, Antonio
Where to watch Arsenal vs West Ham on TV:
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Arsenal vs West Ham’s pre-match team news, build-up and previous line-ups:
The Gunners picked up from where they left off last season, putting newly-promoted Fulham to the sword in a resounding 3-0 win at Craven Cottage, with summer recruits Willian and Gabriel exhibiting superb debut performances.
The climate in the east of London is much different. David Moyes entered the new campaign with unrest and discord already invading his dressing room following the controversial sale of academy product Grady Diangana.
To make matters worse, the Hammers kicked off the campaign with a rancid performance against Newcastle at the London Stadium. With no new signings, the prospect of four of the ‘Big Six’ in their next six fixtures, and continued frustration from the fanbase, things are looking desperate already for West Ham.
But, the Hammers are a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde club. When the chips are down they’ve had a penchant to pull off an upset, as David Moyes alluded to in his pre-match press conference.
“We played well against some of the teams, especially at the end of the season when we showed it,” he said.
“If we show that level of form, energy and commitment we can get results again. Those eight teams might not be the top boys this year, who knows how it’s going to be?
“We’ve got to aim to be pushing them all the way and I hope in the games we’re able to show it because we did show a lot of good things at Anfield, at Old Trafford and home against Chelsea.”
It looks unlikely given the form of Arsenal, but the Premier League can often produce the unexpected, and this fixture has all the ingredients for a fascinating contest.”
- Arsenal (vs Fulham): Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
- West Ham (vs Charlton): Randolph; Johnson, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku; Cullen, Snodgrass, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller.
Arsenal remain without Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli, but could welcome back David Luiz following neck spasms, though Arteta is likely to stick with the back three that brought him an opening-day clean sheet.
As for West Ham, Moyes made 10 changes to the side that lost to Newcastle at the weekend for the club’s 3-0 win over Charlton. Sebastien Haller netted a brace, while Josh Cullen and Robert Snodgrass controlled the midfield, so expect a few changes to the XI against Arsenal.
Players to watch:
Willian's Arsenal debut by numbers:
96% pass accuracy
7 final ⅓ entries
5 penalty area entries
5 ball recoveries
3 chances created
2 fouls won
The perfect start. pic.twitter.com/39g08emHbf
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Arsenal: Fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief now that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a contract extension. The Gabon international impressed once more at the weekend, but he himself would have been delighted with the business produced by Mikel Arteta over the summer. Willian now makes up one-third of the Spaniard’s ferocious attacking trident, as the former Chelsea winger picked up two assists against Fulham, including a well-timed cross-field pass to Aubameyang for his first of the season. It was a performance that pleased Arteta, justifying why Arsenal signed the Brazilian.
“I think he was great,” Arteta said of Willian’s game against Fulham
“He was decisive and that is what we are looking for him to do in a consistent way. He is a player with tremendous quality and knows the league really well and we knew he wasn’t going to need a lot of time to adapt to our way of playing.”
With experience in abundance and an elite-level attacking quality, the Brazilian could have another field day, as he faces a very fragile backline in West Ham.
West Ham: Must of the conversation at West Ham this summer has revolved around Declan Rice, the academy golden boy linked heavily with a move to Chelsea. So far the Hammers have stood firm and he may yet remain at the club, which would be excellent news for Moyes. The England international had an exceptionally poor game by his standards against Newcastle, but anyone who watches West Ham regularly will tell you that Rice rarely switches off; he is a game-changer for the club, and possibly the difference between safety and relegation. He will be desperate to re-find his form, and against an attack as potent as Arsenal’s, he will need to be on song to stem the tide and protect the club’s leaky defence. Easier said than done, mind.