Ozil and Lacazette to start: 4-2-3-1 Arsenal predicted lineup vs West Ham United

Arsenal will look to continue their excellent form when they travel to London Stadium to face West Ham United on Saturday.

The Gunners have scored seven goals in their last two matches in all competitions and collecting all three points this weekend will help them reignite their push for the Champions League places.

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Unai Emery will be missing out on the services of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Rob Holding while key defender Laurent Koscielny is doubtful along with Mesut Ozil. Both of them have returned to full training but will be assessed ahead of the match.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs West Ham United (4-2-3-1)

Defence

Emery could retain his four at the back formation he used against Blackpool. Thus, we expect Sokratis Papastathopoulos to line-up alongside Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the Arsenal backline. Mustafi should replace Stephan Lichtsteiner, who appeared as a centre-back against the Seasiders.

Arsenal have confirmed that Hector Bellerin is in contention, after returning to first-team training. However, Emery is unlikely to take any risks, which could pave the way for Ainsley Maitland-Niles to feature as the right-back while Sead Kolasinac is likely to retain his place on the opposite flank.

Bernd Leno will return in goal, after sitting out in the FA Cup game against Blackpool. The German international will be searching for only his third clean sheet of the season.

Midfield

Aaron Ramsey is heavily linked with a move to Juventus and the Welshman is unlikely to start against West Ham this weekend. As a result, Ozil is expected to be deployed as the lone attacking midfielder.

The former German international seems to have recovered from a knee injury and he’ll remain Arsenal’s main creative source in attack, having averaged 1.8 key passes per game.

Elsewhere, Emery is likely to stick with the trusted duo of Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira at the base of Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1. They will look to provide additional support to the attackers whilst recycling possession for the north London giants as they look to dominate a West Ham side decimated by injuries.

Attack

With Mkhitaryan injured, Alex Iwobi is more than likely to retain his place in the side. The Nigerian international will be deployed as the right-winger with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starting on the opposite flank.

Both these speedy attackers will provide a huge threat during counter-attacks while lone striker Alexandre Lacazette will be desperate to find the back of the net, having scored just one goal in the last seven games.

Stat courtesy: Whoscored

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