Arsenal travel to east London to take on West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. 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.
Meanwhile, The Hammers played in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night, something that may mean David Moyes opts to rest some of his players, something he did last weekend against Chelsea.
It looks as though Mikel Arteta’s side have been training hard ahead of the game, however, as seen from some of the images released from their latest training session. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three things we noticed from London Colney on Saturday.
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Takehiro Tomiyasu looks to be back in contention for a starting place as he slowly starts to repair his fitness. The Japan international came on for the final few minutes against Manchester United after a lengthy absence, but it looks as though he’s finally ready to return to Arteta’s line-up as he aims to help the Gunners secure a top four spot.
Bukayo Saka worried Arsenal fans when he was taken off in the 3-1 win over United last weekend. Having scored a penalty, the Englishman was taken off with 15 minutes remaining and was seen limping after the final whistle.
Arteta said after the match that the club would see how fares in the build-up to the Hammers match but he has since confirmed that the youngster should be available: “Hopefully he will be fine,” said the Spaniard. “He had some issues in the final part of the game but he’s recovered well and we expect him to be available.”
Luckily, judging by the images from training, he looks to be ready to play against the Hammers.
Gabriel and Ramsdale’s exchange
What’s been great to see from Arsenal this season is that there’s a clear connection amongst the back five. The communication between goalkeeper and centre-backs in particular is something that’s been lacking from recent Gunners teams, but as you can see from the image above, first-choice keeper Aaron Ramsdale and defender Gabriel Magalhaes are continuing to rectify that past mistake.
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