Arsenal head into the second week of Premier League action boosted by their 3-0 opening day victory over Fulham.
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Magalhaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured the win while Willian impressed with three assists.
Facing West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday [September 19], maintaining their winning form will be crucial for Arsenal before heading to Liverpool on September 28.
We asked our Arsenal writers how they’d set up the side against West Ham. See if you agree with their teams below.
Considering Arsenal have a Carabao Cup match in midweek, Mikel Arteta won’t have a great need to shuffle the pack against West Ham.
Bernd Leno will of course keep his place in goal following Emi Martinez’s departure. In front of him, Arsenal will keep the back three which featured at Craven Cottage with Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney flanking Gabriel Magalhaes.
Leicester City may offer a better environment for William Saliba to make his debut, rather than a league match.
Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will remain as the side’s wing-backs. Bellerin continued to improve on the right at Fulham, creating good chances for the side, while Maitland-Niles was of great use down the left and in more central areas once again.
Granit Xhaka has cemented his place in midfield so will of course remain as one of the two.
There will be debates over whether Dani Ceballos should return but since coming into the side this summer, Mohamed Elneny is yet to put a foot out of line. He will keep his place and Ceballos can use the Leicester game to impress.
The attacking trio will also remain the same. Nicolas Pepe impressed when he came on at Fulham and Eddie Nketiah had a strong pre-season, but the way Willian, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang worked seamlessly together at Fulham could be built on.
Art de Roche’s XI: Leno, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang.