Mari and Guendouzi to start? Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal XI to face West Ham


Arsenal vs West Ham prediction: Arsenal line-up

Arsenal host David Moyes’ West Ham on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates in a Premier League encounter.

After being knocked out of the Europa League, Mikel Arteta’s men put in a fine performance in the FA Cup against Portsmouth. Nothing but a win against their London rivals would keep their hopes of qualifying for the European competition alive.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta (Getty Images)
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. (Getty Images)

On the other hand, West Ham would be hoping to take maximum points from the Emirates after getting the much-needed confidence in the 3-1 win against Southampton.

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While Calum Chambers is set to be out for the rest of the season, Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney are inching closer to a return to the squad.

Lucas Torreira will be a notable absentee for this fixture after picking up an ankle injury in midweek in the FA Cup tie against Portsmouth.

Lucas Torreira (Getty Images)
Lucas Torreira (Getty Images)

Probable Arsenal XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Bernd Leno (GK)

The German shot-stopper is the first choice in goal for the Gunners and is expected to return to his spot after a break in midweek.

Hector Bellerin (RB)

Bellerin was not at his best against Olympiacos but is expected to start in this fixture ahead of Ainsley-Maitland Niles. He needs to be effective while moving forward.

David Luiz (CB)

The Brazilian will be in charge of the defensive line against the Hammers. He has done well in the latter stages of the season and would be hoping to help the team with a clean sheet.

Pablo Mari (CB)

The winter signing was excellent on his debut for Arsenal in the FA Cup. He should be given another chance to partner with Luiz in the heart of the defence.

Pablo Mari (Getty Images)
Pablo Mari (Getty Images)

Bukayo Saka (LB)

The teenager has been fine form despite playing in an unnatural position. He will be an undoubted starter as he is capable of providing assists to the forwards.

Granit Xhaka (CM)

Xhaka will be expected to play the anchoring role. He needs to be at his best to stop the Hammers’ attack and get the better of their midfield.

Matteo Guendouzi (CM)

The Frenchman is expected to fill in the place of the injured Torreira.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (LW)

Despite the team’s inconsistency, the captain has been delivering for his side except for the game against the Greek champions. He would be hoping to add some more to his tally.

Mesut Ozil (AM)

Ozil needs to be at his best to unlock West Ham’s defence. He is preferred in the No:10 role ahead of other youngsters and is likely to start.

Mesut Ozil (Getty Images)
Mesut Ozil (Getty Images)

Nicolas Pepe (RW)

The Ivorian has been lively in the second half of the season and should be able to get the better of the opponent’s shaky defence.

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Alexandre Lacazette (ST)

The Frenchman needs to take his game to the next level as he has been without the required goals in recent months. He should be able to find the back of the net for Arsenal.