Arsenal have the opportunity to erase a nine-match winless streak in all competitions when they face West Ham United in the Premier League on Monday night.
The Gunners recently axed Unai Emery from the head coach position after seven winless games on the bounce and Freddie Ljungberg was thereafter handed with the duties on an interim basis.
As such. there had been the anticipation that there would be a change in the club’s fortunes but that has clearly not been the case with the club managing just one point from the games against Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion.
The north London side go into the London derby against West Ham, having managed just four points from the previous seven league matches and the fans will still be expecting a better display with a victory at the London Stadium.
Bernd Leno has been one of the standout performers in what has been a dismal season for the club to date. The German has already made a league high of 66 saves this season but he will be hoping for some assistance from the backline on Monday. He is a definite starter.
In the defence, Hector Bellerin should continue to keep his place at right-back but there could be a change on the opposite end with Kieran Tierney replacing Sead Kolasinac.
Both Sokratis and David Luiz were guilty for the goals conceded against Brighton and a complete swap should be considered with Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers making up the central defence.
In the midfield, Granit Xhaka did come up with a couple of key interventions against Brighton and he should definitely keep his spot. He could be accompanied by Matteo Guendouzi meaning that Lucas Torreira will drop to the bench.
Further forward, Joe Willock is unlikely to command a starting role on the back of his struggles against Brighton. Barring the one headed chance on goal, he failed to create anything worthwhile and is likely to be dropped.
In his place, Nicolas Pepe should return to the starting XI and we are anticipating him to feature in his preferred left-wing role. Mesut Ozil is another player under pressure but he should keep his place and start in the number 10 role unlike on the wings against Brighton.
Elsewhere, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will probably slot into the left-wing position with Alexandre Lacazette leading the line. Lacazette has not looked his best in the past two games but he should hold the edge over the young Gabriel Martinelli after contributing to the scoresheet in midweek.
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