Arsenal will be eyeing a fourth straight Premier League win when they travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham United this afternoon.
The Gunners dominated the proceedings against leaders Liverpool last weekend. The club registered a 3-1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s side to put themselves back in the title race.
With Liverpool beating Burnley yesterday, the gap to the top has once again increased to five points. Arsenal need to respond with another victory in today’s London derby.
The Gunners are winless in their last three meetings against the Hammers including a 2-0 loss at the Emirates in December. They must end the run to stay in the title pursuit.
David Raya has been in brilliant form in goal over the past few weeks. The Spaniard has been good playing out from the back and has also caught the eye with his long balls. He will be eyeing his seventh clean sheet of the Premier League campaign.
In defence, there could be an enforced change with Oleksandr Zinchenko doubtful. He was substituted against the Reds with an injury at half-time. Arteta has provided no update on his condition.
Jakub Kiwior had a good outing in the second half and almost scored a brilliant goal, but we expect Takehiro Tomiyasu to start at left-back, having returned from Asian Cup duty with Japan.
The €30 million-rated star was brilliant for the Gunners earlier this term with some quality assists. The former Bologna man should provide the added defensive assurance from left-back.
The rest of the backline should stay unchanged. Ben White was fantastic in winning duels from right-back last weekend and should keep his place with William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes in central defence.