Arsenal predicted the lineup against West Ham: who replaces Aubameyang?

Arsenal predicted line-up against West Ham: Will Arteta bring Aubameyang back to the squad and Martinelli start before Smith Rowe? (Photo by PAUL ELLIS / AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal face direct competition for European places this season as they host West Ham at the Emirates Stadium for Wednesday’s Premier League showdown. Here is the planned program.

Everything revolves around Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, doesn’t it?

Left out of the squad that beat Southampton on disciplinary grounds, it was unclear on Monday whether he had trained or not, with the club keeping their lips tight on the situation until a statement confirms the news on Tuesday that he had been stripped of the captain’s armband.

Mikel Arteta said his punishment “started” in the 3-0 win, but it’s clear it’s not just her mother’s late return to France. He will not be taken into consideration for selection in Wednesday’s game.

Arsenal predicted the lineup against West Ham: Will Arteta keep Lacazette in place of Aubameyang and Martinelli start ahead of Smith Rowe?

Taking fans by surprise by fielding the same side that faltered against Everton, there are good reasons for the manager to stay with his guns for a third game in a row as all players came out of the Saints game unscathed.

As promising as it sounds, it means excluding Emile Smith Rowe from the squad, which was previously considered unfathomable due to his importance to the team’s building game and, ultimately, his goal tally. .

However, Gabriel Martinelli has done well in his outings and meritocracy would dictate him receiving a fourth consecutive Premier League start, which would be the first time in his Gunners career he would reach that milestone.

Either way, these are welcome options to start or off to the bench.

Or does Arteta become Complete Arteta? Can we see the return of Mohamed Elneny in midfield with Lacazette operating as left side? These “big” matches tend to bring about a similarly-sized surprise from the manager, who loves to pit his intelligence against his counterparts in disconcerting ways.

Arsenal, Tomi

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 06: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal gestures during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill / Fantasista / Getty Images)

Goalkeeper and defenders

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – Arteta is more likely to line up in the middle of the park than Ramsdale will start this game.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (RB) – Arsenal have discovered the new Bacary Sagna with Tomiyasu. He wins all his duels, is aggressive in tackles, is more agile than he looks and brilliantly defends his right side. Let him stay in good shape for a long time.

Benjamin White (CB) – did not watch enough at its best in recent weeks with some oscillations in its performance. However, none of that will keep him off the squad for this one.

Gabriel (CB) – Adding composure to his game, despite the early yellow card setback against Southampton, he maintained the intensity and put in a solid performance. Was only withdrawn as a precaution for its reservation.

Kieran Tierney (LB) – Back in the squad with two assists in two matches, there is little reason to believe Tierney will not hold onto his place for the foreseeable future.

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