Confirmed Teams for tonight’s London derby between Arsenal & West Ham

The teams are out for tonight’s clash between Arsenal and West Ham, with the winner claiming fourth until the weekend.

The Gunners have had a major upturn in fortunes from the opening weeks of the campaign, when we were sat rock bottom after three matches, and could now move into the Champions League places just 14 matches later.

West Ham cannot be taken lightly however, representing the fourth best team in the league so far this season, and have proved in recent weeks that they can beat the best in the division, knocking Chelsea off top spot with a 3-2 win, whilst also beating Liverpool by the same scoreline just a month ago.

We will be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tonight, after he was dropped as captain, but we did just fine in his absence at the weekend, and want more of the same tonight.

Is this the ideal team to deal with West Ham? What score are you predicting after seeing the teams? Should Smith Rowe have walked back into the team?

Patrick

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100 Comments

  1. Dan kit says:

    Xhaka and Odegaard as expected.
    COYG

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Lucky guess Dan

  2. LUCKY JAMES says:

    Arsenal will surely win tonight

  3. GoalDan says:

    We are strong at home, it’s all about taking our chances tonight and we are going to have to score at least 2 goals…

  4. RSH says:

    every time xhaka is in the lineup you’ve got to wonder if it’s this game, or the next game he’s gonna get a red card and cost us points

  5. Adajim says:

    Same team as Southampton.
    I’ll be surprised if we win tonight, our best result is a draw

  6. Reggie says:

    Xhaka and Odergaard in the same team against an athletic WH, is hard to see working. Esr on bench is very strange and i will be interested to see how this team performs against a very strong WH. NOT hopeful but hey ho!!

  7. siamois says:

    Not surprises,this is the line up I was expecting.COYG!make us proud.

  8. gotanidea says:

    I’d prefer Tavares to start, because West Ham tend to score from set-pieces and Tavares’s height will be an asset in aerial duels

    I also wanted Smith-Rowe to start, because he is excellent in interception and good in the air as well

    But Tierney and Martinelli have to be rewarded since they produced assists against Soton

    1. Declan says:

      I preferTavares too but Tierney has played at CB before and is good in the air.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Tierney played well as a CB in Scotland’s three-CB formation

        I’m not too worried about how he handles crosses during open play, but it would be nice if we have a six-footer in defending set-pieces

  9. Declan says:

    Good to see an unchanged team.
    Captain Gab, Tesco, Rambo or Øde ?

    1. Sue says:

      Laca 👍

      1. Declan says:

        Just saw that confirmed Sue. I predicted that yesterday😊

        1. Sue says:

          Nice one, Declan 👍

  10. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Eddie has played 57 senior games 7 goals scored has had his chances balogun gets 2 1/2 games not good enough arteta pigheaded.. Xhaka to get cleaned out in midfield 2nite…COYG

  11. Sesugh says:

    we need pepe
    this is a physical match

  12. awida says:

    Good luck

  13. Sean Williams says:

    We could have put out a better line up, but I hope we win with it. To me Xhaka is a liability and Arteta keeps picking him even though Xhaka is one of the most one paced players we have. Lets hope Martinelli has a blinder and ESR comes on and has a blinder.

    1. O.T.S(Xhaka's advocate) says:

      Wow! You made an accurate “hoping” prediction in your last statement😀@Sean Williams Can you just hope we get a league title win this season or is it already beyond our reach??

      1. Sagie says:

        OTS, if Sean hopes it, it will happen.
        Maybe next season as the team gels playing together.
        Nice one Sean on your hopefulness. Keep it going.

  14. PJ-SA says:

    Palace up already 😃 Vieira killing it

    1. Kstyx says:

      As a proper experienced coach should.

    2. NY_Gunner says:

      @PJ-SA
      And they’ve just let in 2…

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Doesn’t change the fact that Vieira is doing really well for a young manager with a low budget and relatively average squad….or do you think he’s been poor since taking over?

  15. Kstyx says:

    Funny enough, we might win. And 90% will be Arteta in again. I’m not losing focus, I still do not believe Arteta is the right manager for this football club even if we win tonight. Period.

  16. Dan kit says:

    With you on this Kstyx
    Stick to your views as I do 👍

    1. Kstyx says:

      The first part of what I predicted is happening. We’re leading. Just wait till we win and the Arteta in brigade kicks in full effects, despite that we still see the same poor football. They will tell us, we beat westham who beat man City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

  17. PJ-SA says:

    Really nice to see Ramsdale given the freedom to choose when he can play long based on the situation he sees.

    Still feel sorry for Leno that wasn’t granted that freedom, would’ve conceded a lot less.

    1. Dan kit says:

      Be careful PJ you will be put into the same bracket as me mate if you carry on 😂

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Do they call it the “”honest” category?🤣

        People are also quick to forget Leno had to do it with the likes of Holding, Bellerin, Mari, Cedric.

        Disclaimer for the emotional: I’m not saying Leno is better than Ramsdale

        1. Dan kit says:

          Something like that mate 😂
          Apparently it’s an agenda if you talk against the magician manager .
          Like you said being honest is frowned upon on here .

  18. Dan kit says:

    One shot on target after 40 mins 🤔

  19. Slye says:

    Any stream link please?

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Try hesgoal or totalsportek

    2. Declan says:

      Sportlemon

  20. PJ-SA says:

    Tierney needs to come off for Tavares, you can see he’s not match fit at all.

    Is Xhaka playing? Invisible

  21. Eddie says:

    That has to be the best first half football we’ve played from onset this season.
    Unlucky to not be ahead

    1. PJ-SA says:

      I’d have to go with the Spurs 1st half. On it from the onset and scored 3 goals vs or derby opponents.

      1. Sid says:

        I will agree with you. The game against Spurs especially that first half was prolly the best of Artetaball till now, alongwith Man City semi of FA cup 2020.

  22. Declan says:

    Some very good performances in the first half, from both sides though I think we edged it. Ødegaard is really growing into this team, him and Tomiyasu have been outstanding. Saka, Martinelli and Laca have also worked their socks off.

  23. gotanidea says:

    Arsenal were too afraid to take risk in the first twenty minutes, then they took control. There were too many fake fouls from both teams, to earn free kicks

    I think our front three will produce at least one goal in the second half

  24. Sid says:

    Some coherent action from our players. Saka seems to be on some good stuff, he has been good so far on that right flank along with Ode and Tomi. But I feel somehow as if this game needs ESR. Gabi also has done good work but should have buried that chance. Some good work by Partey too, and Xhaka seems to have taken a directive role. Hope everything clicks together in the second half.
    Before I forget, good showing by Laca too.

  25. Dan kit says:

    Awful first 40 mins ,but that was expected
    Only grow into it in the last 5 mins
    Same old same old .

    1. Dan kit says:

      Painful to say Xhaka was probably our best player which says a lot .

      1. James Okereke says:

        Appreciate the honesty Dan.. but I think the whole team was up for it.

    2. Zeek says:

      You must be kidding me.. Calling that awful… One of best half so far this season… Everyone was up to it from the get go

  26. Sue says:

    Get in!!!!!

    1. PJ-SA says:

      What we’ve been saying since last season Sue! Just play Martinelli…what a finish.

      1. Sue says:

        Bloody brilliant finish!! What a player

  27. Dan kit says:

    My man 🤛
    Mini Ronaldo ,quality player

    1. Dan kit says:

      Fck me that nutmeg 🤜🤛

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Very dirty 🤣 half of Brazil will consider this game won already just on that alone, regardless of the end score.

      2. Sue says:

        That’s obscene that is 🤣 Bet it’ll be on Soccer AM

        1. Dan kit says:

          Been saying it for 18 months about him sue ,love the player ,best youngster I’ve seen in 10-15 years at Arsenal ,should have been given more minutes before hand but we keeped hearing he was injured 😂
          Fair play to Emery and edu on this one .

          1. Sue says:

            Reminds me of Sanchez, Dan – duracell bunny, never gives up! Fantastic player

            1. Kenya 001 says:

              Spot on sue my thoughts exactly

  28. PJ-SA says:

    Need that second goal, looks like we are dropping off and playing deeper already 😯

  29. Dan kit says:

    Would like to see Tavares on now for Tierney ,offers more going forward rather than just playing safe .

  30. PJ-SA says:

    Laca acting like he got snipered, very embarrassing.

    Bit of a harsh penalty and def not a 2nd yellow even if deemed to be a foul.

    1. Vlajko says:

      Therefore he didn’t score

    2. Davi says:

      Agree that was very harsh – surprised it wasn’t overturned.

      1. RSH says:

        harsh all but we’ve had challenges like that given red. it’s on form for anthony taylor at the least.

  31. Dan kit says:

    Let Martinelli take it FFS
    Defender took the ball so maybe that’s karma
    VAR is a joke let’s be honest .

  32. Sue says:

    This is tense..

  33. PJ-SA says:

    Antonio running hard at Martinelli, nervous for a possible red card coming for us….just 1 mistimed tackle.

    Possibly time for a change

  34. Arsemirates says:

    Has anyone else noticed that Xhaka doesn’t take long range shots anymore. Do you think we are moving into Arden’s walk the ball into the net territory.

  35. Gmv8 says:

    Why is he bringing on Nketiah????? When we’ve got Pepe on the bench …

  36. PJ-SA says:

    Anyone know why Eddie plays over Balogun?

    He said he wants to run his contract down and Flo signed a new one so cant quite figure it out.

    Even if Eddie impresses his value is so low with 6 months left on his contract that we might get 1mil more if he plays really well and sold in Jan

    1. LeGunner says:

      Very good question!

      I also don’t understand why MA is playing Nketiah over Balogun as it doesn’t make sense in the long term to invest on Nketiah.

      The only explanation I can think of is that MA is in a short term “survival mode” as he knows a large enough section of fans want him sacked. If he doesn’t get results this month there will be enormous pressure on owners to get rid of him.

  37. John Legend says:

    I just hope the guys can erase this 1-all draw written all over this game.

    1. John Legend says:

      Thanks Guys. Game should be over now.
      Up the Gunners

  38. Sue says:

    ESR BABY!!

    1. PJ-SA says:

      My nerves! Even with a man up I wasn’t feeling comfortable.

      1. Sue says:

        Man those last 10 minutes seemed like an hour – I was pacing 🤣🤣

  39. RSH says:

    YESSSSSSS

  40. Davi says:

    Great goal – Tomi fought hard to win that after ESR got a touch and then a great shot from him to finish

  41. Adajim says:

    At last we wouldn’t be having Negative goal difference

  42. Arsemirates says:

    Could this be one of those rare times when we are on BT Sport and we win.

  43. John Legend says:

    That combination though. If they solidify this understanding and improve on many more things, teams will be in soup in a couple of years.

  44. Arsemirates says:

    Xhaka finally has a shot and sends it into orbit.

  45. Adajim says:

    I need to screenshot our top 4 on the table tonight
    I haven’t forgotten Everton but I’ll manage the win tonight

  46. PJ-SA says:

    Can see European football is taking it’s toll on WHU with their smaller squad and lack of rotation.

  47. Davi says:

    Massive win. To be honest I was fearing this but it was a really good performance. Thought Antonio was going to cause us real problem, particularly for White, but we handled him well as a team.
    In Saka, ESR and martinelli we have three players right on the cusp of being top class.
    Shame about the red card – never a foul and shocking that still happens with VAR. I’d rather we’d have won it against 11.

    1. Kstyx says:

      Antonio has dipped in form since the last international break

    2. FootballisTrivial says:

      Why didn’t the referee go and have a look at the video?
      This is all on today’s referee and not VAR as a system.

  48. Declan says:

    What a good game to watch. And what a good win. COYG.

  49. Sean Williams says:

    Great Martinelli goal. My internet went down in the middle of the second half, so had to listen on Talksport. The 3 musketeers Bukayu Saka, ESR and Martinelli must be starters. Saka MOM. Well done lads.

  50. FootballisTrivial says:

    No matter if you’re Arteta in or out, you gotta admit today Arsenal didn’t just win but played very good football.
    Lacazette was dribbling like he was on steroids today. But who’d like to bet he gets his new contract and then starts scoring own goals? Lol
    Why does Xhaka keep playing??

    1. Eddie says:

      Mate, even after that performance from everyone, you’re still picking on Xhaka?
      Why does Xhaka play?
      Since nobody will say it, Partey’s been playing much better since Xhaka came back

      1. FootballisTrivial says:

        He gave away the ball. He’s horrible at recovering the ball. He obviously doesn’t have pace to recover and provide protection in counter attacks. He can’t dribble. He can’t push forward with the ball. He can’t provide incisive passes.
        And no Partey hasn’t improved much either. Xhaka should not be starting.

        1. Eddie says:

          I hear you 👍🏼

    2. Chuxzzy1 says:

      I absolutely don’t know..didn’t feel his impact at all

  51. Dan kit says:

    Shame Martinelli wasn’t given more minutes last season maybe we would have finished higher than 8th if the manager trusted him more rather than excuses we keep hearing about him being injured .
    Fair play to Emery and edu bringing this star through just a shame it wasn’t earlier .
    Even had fans on here saying maybe he is t as good as we think 🤔
    Klopp said it best when he spoke about him .
    2 matches in a row now MOTM .
    Shining light in a very bad team set up for me .

    1. FootballisTrivial says:

      For last season we can give Arteta the benefit of the doubt since Martinelli was injured and they didn’t want to take a risk.
      It’s a mystery why he didn’t slot into the team earlier this season.

    2. Alanball08 says:

      Dan
      He didn’t get a lot more minutes under his belt last season because he was fragile and injured.
      I am not interested about last season, its all about this season so let’s stay positive and hope we can carry tonights passion, performance and attitude in to the rest of the season

  52. NY_Gunner says:

    *Weird, how when we lose everybody and their uncles barber comes out to take a dump on the manager and players. When we win, meh…IJS 🤔

  53. Ola says:

    So u expect fans to worship the team when they lose winnable games. It is what it is, we won & every fan is happy. What else do you want?

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @Ola
      You obviously missed the point..It’s all good though spark plug.

  54. SueP says:

    Loved the second goal – great work all round. Loved the first, too to be honest
    Thankfully no hangover from all the difficulties of the last couple of days.

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