Arsenal v West Ham Preview, Team News, Line-Up and Score Prediction – Ozil and Ramsey out?

As I said earlier, the pressure is on Arsenal to get three points today against West Ham, and we are hoping that Emery now knows the best team to use to get the best out of his new tactics. We will be waiting for the confirmed teams with bated breath to see his line-up.

It looks like he will not be able to use Mesut Ozil, who was reported to have missed training yesterday due to ‘illness’, which does seem to happen with alarming regularity. We would expect Aaron Ramsey to take his place as Number Ten, but Emery left the Welshman on the bench last night and told reporters that he told Ramsey to concentrate on his training more. He said: ‘I spoke with him last week. I said, ‘I want you focused only on training and only on the match, you show us the capacity to help the team’. ‘The contract is another thing for his agent and the club, but we want – and I need – his focus only on training, on the match and his performance each day.

‘I want the player to be focused only on Saturday. So that our players give our supporters quality and energy.’

That seems to imply that Emery thinks Ramsey is distracted and not giving his all for the team, but most people would still expect him to start today with Ozil on the missing list, but I think that Xhaka will be preferred.

We are also hoping that Lucas Torreira can make his first start after two appearances from the bench, and I am pretty sure that the youngster Matteo Guendouzi is quickly cementing his his position, with the stats saying he has made more tackles and interceptions than anyone else this season. Emery admitted his admiration for the 19 year-old. “It is a very big, positive surprise with him,” he said. “He is improving. He is playing and working every day. He is hungry – he wants to improve, he wants to learn every day, every match. He is doing it his way, with character and quality. We are very happy with him but every match is a chance to show this progress with consistency.”

I’m pretty sure Guendouzi will be the first name on the teamsheet for the forseeable future, and he fully deserves it at the moment. With Sead Kolasinac and Maitland-Niles both out long-term we can look forward to Monreal back in his usual position. We are in need of his consistency alongside Sokratis and Mustafi, who are still thought to be a little suspect, and it looks like Mavropanos and Holding will be our Europa League pairing. Bellerin should keep his place on the right…

All of us are still dying to see Aubabameyang and Lacazette play together but the Frenchman is set to be consigned to the bench at the moment after Emery’s statement this week. And surely Mkhitaryan will also keep his place.

So here is my team prediction……

Bellerin – Mustafi – Sokratis – Monreal
Guendouzi – Torreira – Xhaka
Iwobi – Aubameyang – Mkhitaryan

If the Gunners play with the desire they showed against Chelsea, with a few more improvements as well, I believe Arsenal will get the required three points, but with the usual defensive worries! I’m going for 3-1 to Arsenal.

What do you think?


  1. gotanidea says:

    Even if Ozil and Ramsey are out, I predict Emery would still use 4-2-3-1, because this is a home game:

    Bellerin . Mustafi . Sokratis . Monreal
    ……..Guendouzi …… Xhaka
    Nelson …… Mkhitaryan …… Iwobi

  2. FamousFromDubai says:

    I will not play Ramsey.
    Xhaka will also not start for me.
    It’s a must win game
    So my back 4 would remain like yours
    Then I will play two holding players and mkhi uptop while iwobi and aubameyang on the wings and lacazette as the point man. If Emery decides otherwise… I will start iwobi and welbeck on the wings and Auba uptop
    Torreira Guendozi
    Iwobi Mkhi Auba/welbeck

  3. Nayr says:






    i think this will be our team.

  4. Godswill says:

    There must be Lacazette in there. Ramsey and Ozil? No problem dropping them. That era should be over now that a player will walk into the team without meriting it.

    1. TongaBull says:

      Imagine a player like Ramsey holding us to random.. This ended with the little rascal Sanchez

  5. Nayr says:

    remove xhaka for have a great team.

  6. TongaBull says:

    Try this one Emery
    Bellerin Mustafi Sockrates Monreal
    Torreira Guendozhi
    Aubamayieng Mikhitarian Iwobi

  7. Lupe says:

    Why does Ozil get sick so often, what is going on?
    Anyways, i hope the team is like this:

    Since, ozil is not playing, we can play lacazette slightly behind aubameyang and iwobi should keep his place after the chelsea performance. Xhaka and bellerin should be dropped and ramsey should stay on the bench as long as he refuses to be committed to arsenal.

    1. Lupe says:

      Cech should keep his place for now.

  8. John0711 says:

    I’m glad ozil is out what ever the reason
    Just remove Xhaka the worst midfielder who has played regularly for Arsenal and we are nearly there
    Leno and Lich would be icing on the cake

  9. ozziegunner says:

    Why do people keep selecting Bellerin over Lichtsteiner based on Bellerin’s performances in the first two games? Lichtsteiner would provide experience, toughness, discipline and leadership for his fellow defenders. Lichtsteiner and Torreira must start against West Ham in this must win game

    1. @Ozziegunner
      Baffles me too! The writer even said Bellerin “should keep his place” as if it’s not even a debate Bellerin is first choice. I tell you if it were up to me Bellerin would be lucky to even play Europa league.

  10. Innit says:


    1. John0711 says:

      Did u read the post ?

  11. If Lichtsteiner starts ahead of Bellerin then I predict a comfortable 3-0 win to get the Emery haters scampering back into the woodwork and kick start our campaign properly. If Bellerin starts though it will be a needlessly difficult win but a win for us nonetheless! COYG!!!

  12. Ramzeel says:

    This should be the line up to face westham
    Leno (GK)
    Sokratis (CB)
    Lacazette guendouzi ramsey bellerin cech nelson

  13. Gifted says:

    Funny how a month ago, Iwobi was the most hated player by most people here. Some even saying he is the worst player ever to don our shirt. Now, after one good game against Chelsea I see he is in every proposed line up. How can one ever take you guys seriously? You chameleons!!!

    1. Simple says:

      Too funny… And when iwobi under perform, he should axe from the team. Arsenal don’t really know what they want.

    2. RSH says:

      very likely he will flop again, but play players who are in form. Iwobi was our best player last game and we dont have many wide options so starting him isn’t a bad decision.

  14. JW says:

    well it looks like Ramsey in Ozil out
    Bellerin Sokratis Mustafi Monreal
    Xhaka Guendouzi Ramsey
    Iwobi Mkhitaryan

    little bit of a suprise

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