Emotions are expected to run high, when Arsenal take on West Ham at the Emirates on Sunday, which will be the first stepping stone for Wenger towards exit as the Gunners boss announced that he is leaving Arsenal at the end of the season.
Injury and Team News:
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jack Wilshere are unavailable for Sunday but both Aaron Ramsey and David Ospina are back in contention. Santi Cazorla is the only long term absentee for the hosts. Aubameyang is expected to start while the Gunners boss may give Koscielny a rest ahead of their Europa League clash against Atletico Madrid next week.
James Collins could return for West Ham but Winston Reid, Pedro Obiang, Michail Antonio and Sam Byram are all out. Arnautovic, Hammers’ top scorer will lead the line and Andy Carroll may start from the bench.
With Arsene Wenger leaving at the end of the season, it is all on the players to give him a proper send off, and the performance on the field will matter the most. Gunners have no hope of making top four but they will have to keep their winning mentality going ahead of the meet against Atletico. With Europa League on the horizon and the only way of Arsenal to get back into the Champions League next season, it has to be seen how much Wenger emphasizes on the remaining league games.
For the visitors, the survival is almost a sure fate but they can’t be complacent as anything can happen in the final weeks. The five points gap between West Ham and the relegation sides can be bridged with some slip ups and manager David Moyes must be aware of that. It will be all about sneaking something for them, who held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw at the London Stadium in the reverse fixture.
Probable Line Up:
Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Chambers, Kolasinac; Elneny, Xhaka; Welbeck, Iwobi, Ramsey; Aubameyang
West Ham United:
Adrian; Rice, Ogbonna, Creswell; Zabaleta, Masuaku, Noble, Kouyate; Lanzini, Mario, Arnautovic
Betting Odds: (via betway)
West Ham: 19/4
The match will be telecast live on Star Sports Select 2 HD from 18.00 IST on Sunday for the Indian viewers.