Arsenal have confirmed their starting XI to face West Ham, with the Gunners looking to once again to extend their lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta’s side travel to east London for their final London derby on the road this season, with Arsenal breaking the record this campaign of winning every away game in the English capital without conceding a goal, a streak that the north Londoners will be hoping to maintain.
With City winning 3-1 against Leicester City, the pressure is once again on Arsenal to match their result, with last weekend’s draw against Liverpool shaving the lead between the two sides to just three points going into this afternoon’s clash against West Ham.
Here is how Arsenal line up against West Ham in what is another must-win game for Arteta and company.
Confirmed Arsenal XI vs West Ham
📝 Here’s how we line up to face West Ham…— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 16, 2023
💪 Tierney starts at the back
🤙 Gabriel Jesus leads the line
📞 Nketiah returns to the squad pic.twitter.com/05b9FRa9h6
Starting XI: Ramsdale; White, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
Substitutes: Turner, Walters, Kiwior, Jorginho, Smith Rowe, Vieira, Nelson, Trossard, Nketiah
As reported by the Athletic, Oleksandr Zinchenko will miss today’s clash in east London due to a groin problem, with Kieran Tierney coming in for the Ukrainian international in what is a rare start for the £25m Scottish international.
With William Saliba still out, Rob Holding once again partners Gabriel Magalhaes, with the two starting and scoring in this very fixture last season in one of Arsenal’s best away performances of the campaign in a 2-1 win.
Changes in defence aside, it’s business as usual for Arsenal in the starting XI, with Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli hopeful of extending their goalscoring runs as Bukayo Saka will look to impress after a rather quiet game at Anfield last week.
With West Ham in a relegation battle, three points are there for the taking for Arsenal, even with a key player in Zinchenko out as Tierney will be hopeful of making a claim for himself to start against Southampton next week at the Emirates Stadium.