Arsene Wenger really is keen to stick to the winning formula that Arsenal have found either side of the recent international break, because despite him being fit enough for the squad last week and this week, the vastly experienced keeper Petr Cech has been left on the bench by the manager who has kept faith with David Ospina after the Colombian international’s impressive performances with Cech was on the injury list.
That was the one change that most people expected Wenger to make, but instead we have the same starting line up that put four past Watford without reply last weekend. So it is another chance for Arsenal fans to see the up and coming academy graduate Alex Iwobi, with Alexis Sanchez on the other side and Danny Welbeck through the middle.
Arsenal also have a great new central midfield partnership of Elneny and Coquelin, but with the fit again Aaron Ramsey on the bench it will be interesting to see if they both finish the game.
West Ham have gone for the big and powerful Andy Carroll up front and so Gabriel and Koscielny will have their work cut out, especially from set pieces and crosses into the box, but hopefully we will be able to restrict the number of those by controlling the game and making sure that most of the goalmouth action is at the other end.
Can the Gunners keep up the pressure on Tottenham and Leicester?