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Confirmed line-ups: West Ham vs Arsenal: Saka & Aubameyang start

By on March 21, 2021

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Arsenal desperately need a win when we take on West Ham at the London Stadium this afternoon.

Bukayo Saka has handed Mikel Arteta a major boost as the young attacker has been passed fit to return from a thigh injury that kept him out of Thursday night’s Europa League game with Olympiacos.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang keeps his place in the Arsenal attack but it looks like he’ll play from a wider position as Alexandre Lacazette returns up front. Nicolas Pepe drops to the bench along with Emile Smith Rowe as Martin Odegaard is recalled.

Pablo Mari is also given a recall to start in defence alongside David Luiz so Gabriel drops out. Kieran Tierney keeps his place at left-back while Calum Chambers gets another chance to impress at right-back with Hector Bellerin not involved in the squad.

Thomas Partey starts in the Arsenal midfield along with Granit Xhaka so Dani Ceballos and Mohamed Elneny are among the substitutes while Gabriel Martinelli is also an option for Arteta from the bench.

These are the teams for the game:

West Ham

Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Lingard, Benrahma; Antonio.

Subs: Martin, Trott, Balbuena, Alves, Fredericks, Johnson, Noble, Lanzini, Odubeko

Arsenal

Leno; Chambers, Luiz, Mari, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Aubameyang; Lacazette

Subs: Ryan, Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Elneny, Ceballos, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Martinelli.

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