Despite a somewhat disjointed performance from the Arsenal team we did at least manage to earn a point from the Premier League match against top four rivals Man City yesterday and the fans will be hoping that this can be the start of our usual strong finish to an EPL campaign.
Arsene Wenger and the Gunners will still be under great pressure, though, but so will our next opponents West Ham and their manager Slaven Bilic who was given the dreaded vote of confidence by his club’s owners after their 2-1 loss to struggling Hull City made it four in a row and left them just six points from safety.
That record is even worse than ours and will probably mean that West Ham set out first and foremost to not lose at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday, which gives Arsenal a chance to show off the best part of our game. So if Wenger is planning for his team to try to get the fluent, creative and scoring Arsenal back he may be thinking of making a few changes and the first of those for me would be in the middle.
I am usually a fan of Francis Coquelin but his performance against Man City was not one of his best and he was a bit lucky to stay on the pitch. His passing was poor and so was that of his midfield partner Granit Xhaka who was also booked and whose disciplinary record is a real concern.
Against West Ham I would like to see the boss bring in the energetic Elneny and the dynamic Oxlade-Chamberlain, if he is fit. Do you think this double swap would give Arsenal a better chance of getting a much needed win this week?