Arsenal travel to east London this afternoon to take on West Ham United in what looks set to be a high octane Premier League clash.
The north London outfit are in a good run of form, having secured back-to-back victories against Chelsea and Manchester United, meaning they now sit fourth in the table, two points clear of Tottenham Hotspur.
The Hammers played in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night, so David Moyes will most likely rest a number of first-team starters.
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However, Mikel Arteta will be fielding his strongest possible XI. With that being said, here football.london takes a look at who might feature this weekend and who is likely to miss out.
Bukayo Sako worried Arsenal fans when he was taken off in the 3-1 win over Manchester United last weekend. Having scored a penalty, the Hale End Graduate was taken off with 15 minutes remaining and was seen limping after the final whistle.
Arteta however has provided a positive update in his pre-match press conference, stating that ‘he recovered well’ and should be available for today’s game.
What Arteta has said: “Hopefully he will be fine. He had some issues in the final part of the game but he’s recovered well and we expect him to be available.”
Left-back Kieran Tierney continues to miss out having picked up an injury at the start of the month.
Following a training session, Arteta confirmed that the Scotland international was to undergo knee surgery in a move that would surely put an end to his 2021/22 season and leave the team looking for a starting replacement in Nuno Tavares or potentially Granit Xhaka being moved from midfield to cover at the back.
What Arteta has said: “Kieran felt discomfort after a training session on Thurs. A specialist consultation took place, and as a result of further discussions, it has been decided that he requires [knee] surgery.”
Like his Arsenal teammate Tierney, Thomas Partey’s season looks to be over.
While recent pictures have surfaced of the midfielder on a treadmill, hinting at a surprise return, everything coming from the manager suggests that Partey will play no role in the Gunners quest for a top-four finish. Partey failed to finish the match when Arsenal lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace at the start of the month and hasn’t played since.
What Arteta has said: “He’s progressing but he had a significant injury, a recurring injury as well, so we don’t expect him to make progress that quickly to see him this season, but hopefully I am wrong.”
Source by Football London