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TEAM: My Preferred Line-Up To Face West Ham: Rosicky + Giroud Start
Arsenal get back to Premier League action when we face West Ham on Tuesday night with a return to fourth place within our sights.
The squad is going to be knackered as the game comes just three days after our gruelling FA Cup semi final win over Wigan, but they’ll have to suck it up and grind out a win to keep our hopes of a top four finish alive. Here’s my team:
Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski was the hero on Saturday but Wojciech Szczesny will return for tomorrow’s game.
Defence: Laurent Koscielny is facing a late fitness test but he trained today so I can see him coming back in to start alongside Per Mertesacker. Nacho Monreal was forced with a dead leg at the weekend so Kieran Gibbs is likely to start at left-back.
Midfield: Aaron Ramsey had to play over 110 minutes in the cup, which wasn’t ideal, so I’d be majorly surprised if he started again tomorrow. It would be hugely risky, so I’d give Kim Kallstrom his full debut. With Mathieu Flamini serving the second of his two-game ban and Jack Wilshere still out, Mikel Arteta will also have to start.
Attack: The Ox was our best outfield player against Wigan but he looked out on his feet by the end and he went into the match carrying a knock, so it wouldn’t be wise to force him to start again. Tomas Rosicky is facing a late fitness test but if he passes, i’d start him on the right.
Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry are all still injured, so Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski will have to keep their places despite disappointing display’s last time out.
Striker: Yaya Sanogo did okay in the FA Cup match but Olivier Giroud should be fresher after his rest and will be able to cope better against the physical West Ham side.
Here’s how my team looks on paper:
Hopefully we can get through this game with three points and recuperate in time to face Hull on Sunday, with Ozil potentially giving us a major boost by returning to the squad.
What team would you go with tomorrow?