How Arsenal could line up vs West Ham as SIX players return
UNAI EMERY has six players fit again as Arsenal return to Premier League action with a trip to West Ham.
Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin and Konstantinos Mavropanos have all resumed training and are back in contention.
The Gunners beat Blackpool 3-0 in the FA Cup third round last weekend but many of the players who starred in that success are likely to be overlooked.
Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi began the game at Bloomfield Road and their performances against the League One side could be indication as to Emery’s thinking as the league season restarts.
Petr Cech deputised against the Seasiders but Bernd Leno will resume duties in goal.
Koscielny was left out against Blackpool due to a back problem but should start, alongside Sokratis and Mustafi who is fit after a series of hamstring problems.
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Hector Bellerin should return on the right, with Monreal slotting in on the left after missing the last four games.
Granit Xhaka will likely be retained from the thrashing of Fulham, with Emery having to choose between Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi to partner the Switzerland international.
In attack, Mezut Ozil could be shifted into a No10 role with sufficient defensive cover behind him – allowing him a free role against the Hammers.
Finally, Emery could solve the dilemma of whether to start Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by beginning the game with both of his leading marksmen.
A win by seven goals or more will see Arsenal leapfrog fourth place Chelsea into the Champions League places.
Emery’s side have won one of their last three league games – the 4-1 success against Fulham.
That followed the thrashing by Liverpool and draw with Brighton.
West Ham meanwhile have slipped to tenth in the table after winning just one of their last four, though they did overcome Birmingham City in the FA Cup last weekend.
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