Arsenal’s 3-1 Champions League victory over Olympiacos provided the side with a much-needed boost following the defeat to Manchester City at the weekend, but Arsene Wenger will still be unhappy with the goal his side conceded against the Greek outfit.
That could lead to Per Mertesacker’s return at the heart of the Gunners defence, as the German international recovers from a virus at the Emirates Stadium. Wojciech Szczesny remains on the sidelines with an ankle injury, meaning Vito Mannone will continue in goal.
Mikel Arteta has made the holding-midfield position his own for Arsenal, and Aaron Ramsey’s impact after coming off the bench in midweek could also be enough to get him back in the starting XI.
Theo Walcott was another to impress as a substitute for the Gunners, and the England winger will hope to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right, with Lukas Podolski expected to start on the left.
Gervinho’s recent form in-front of goal means he will start in the middle of an attacking three, with Olivier Giroud set for a place on the Arsenal bench once again.
Arsenal predicted line-up v West Ham United
Vito Mannone; Carl Jenkinson, Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker, Kieran Gibbs; Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla; Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Gervinho.
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