Arsenal make the journey to the London Stadium for this afternoon’s Premier League conflict towards West Ham United.
The Gunners had been just lately overwhelmed 1-0 by Olympiacos within the second leg of the Europa League final 16 tie, however they nonetheless certified for the quarter-final with a 3-2 mixture win.
Their efficiency was poor as they missed a number of clear-cut scoring possibilities, and supervisor Mikel Arteta will anticipate a robust response within the derby.
The north London aspect are at present 10 factors off the ultimate Champions League spot and 7 behind the Hammers, who’re occupying the Europa League place.
The upcoming sport is a must-win for them to take care of their slender prospects of qualifying for European soccer by means of the league.
They’re unbeaten within the final three league video games with seven factors and have overwhelmed the Hammers in 5 of the earlier six conferences.
Bernd Leno has been an undisputed alternative in aim for the Premier League and Europa League video games, and he’s prone to begin between the sticks forward of Mat Ryan.
Arteta might not make any vital adjustments to the defence, which has appeared stable over the previous few matches in all competitions.
Hector Bellerin could possibly be the one participant to make means from the beginning line-up. Cedric Soares is prone to substitute the Spaniard at right-back.
Thomas Partey appeared stable for many of the north London derby earlier than he began committing a string of fouls.
He was solely a substitute towards Olympiacos in midweek, however he was responsible of squandering possession on a number of events.
Arteta ought to nonetheless again him within the beginning XI, and he’s prone to be accompanied by Granit Xhaka within the centre of the park.
Additional ahead, Bukayo Saka has been deemed match after a minor hamstring harm, and he’s prone to return on the appropriate wing forward of Nicolas Pepe.
Martin Odegaard has netted in back-to-back begins for the Gunners, however he missed an excellent scoring probability in midweek, coming off the bench.
He was vigorous with two key passes for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Pepe, who additionally squandered straightforward scoring alternatives.
The Norwegian is prone to substitute Dani Ceballos within the quantity 10 function in the present day with Emile Smith Rowe working on the left flank.
Aubameyang could also be dropped to the bench after his poor exhibiting towards Olympiacos, the place he might have had a hat-trick.
As an alternative, the club-captain failed to search out the again of the web, and Alexandre Lacazette is a possible candidate to switch him up entrance.
Lacazette has additionally misfired in entrance of aim currently, however he put in an excellent shift towards Tottenham Hotspur final weekend and scored the profitable penalty.
Predicted Arsenal line-up (4-2-3-1): Leno; Cedric, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Lacazette.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com and Whoscored.com
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