Arsenal Vs West Ham - London Derby For Gunners in 2nd Game of Season
Our Premier League campaign visits our home ground for the first time – as we welcome London rivals West Ham to The Emirates.Our stadium won’t be filled with fans thanks to the pandemic, but we can at least still enjoy the game from the comfort of our homes and better still – Aubameyang has signed!Yep, our captain and world-class striker has put pen to paper on a three year extension so we can look forward to his services boosting us toward our goals.But back to our impending game versus the Hammers.West Ham suffered defeat in their first game of the season, but David Moyes will be buoyed by part of their performance. They played well and got into promising positions – but couldn’t put the ball away. They chose to play without a typical striker, with Antonio making forays into the box. Midfield? Enterprising and plenty of effort, but clear-cut chances created were at a premium.In contrast, we played well against Fulham and even though the home team gave us a few problems, when we went forward we had them at sixes and sevens at the back.We will need that sort of display again against the Hammers – but does Arteta name the same team that won convincingly last week? Or does he shuffle the pack somewhat?Team NewsThe good news is we should have another centre back available for selection, as David Luiz has recovered from neck spasms and could be called upon. Gabriel Magalhaes made a fine debut last week and may well partner his fellow Brazilian, but Rob Holding played well last week and could form a three man defence with the Brazilian pair.Dani Ceballos will be pushing for a start after coming on in the second half of our win versus Fulham, but that would mean Mo Elneny being ousted after putting in a blameless performance.Advert InsertedArteta has some decisions to make and another one would be whether Willian continues to keep out record signing Nicolas Pepe on the right. Willian had a hand in all three goals last week, so perhaps his place is secure, as well as Laca and Auba, who both scored.Player to WatchTomas SoucekThe Czech midfielder won more than his fair share of possession against Newcastle last week and is very strong in the air too, posing problems at set plays. If our defence switch off, it will be Soucek who will be the primary concern.How This Could GoWest Ham boss David Moyes has never won a game at our home ground, despite many attempts. However, we haven’t won our two opening fixtures in a season for quite some time – once in the last ten seasons to be exact.We have won 10 of our past 11 games at home against the Hammers, so we have that going for us, but it will be whether we can overcome West Ham’s stubborn backline. Declan Rice and Soucek will patrol in front of a back four so it is important we keep our discipline and maintain our style.West Ham will want to spring counter attacks and rely on the pace of Antonio, who could be partnered by Haller who will give Antonio something to work from. Magalhaes and co must remain switched on – a high line could be the worst thing for us.We must feel confident for this game. We are going into it after opening our PL account with a win and last season ended pretty well, which we’re still riding the wave from.Home advantage means nothing without the fans, but a win could mean plenty to us.Predicted Lineup – Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Magalhaes, Tierney, Xhaka, Elneny, Aubameyang, Willian, LacazettePredicted Scoreline – 3-1 to The ArsenalThink you can do better? Predict the lineup here
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