After clinching their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday night, Arsenal return to Premier League action when they take on West Ham this afternoon.
Mikel Arteta’s side fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Olympiacos, but their victory over in Greece in the first leg ensured that the loss at the Emirates Stadium meant nothing.
A clash against the Hammers on Sunday is the Gunners’ final game before the international break, and picking up all three points is vital in keeping the north Londoners in the hunt for European football next season.
The Arsenal boss is likely to revert back to a strong XI after resting a few key players for the game against Olympiacos, and with that in mind, here is a look at how the Gunners might line up against West Ham on Sunday afternoon. Our predicted XI shows five changes from the team which played on Thursday.
In goal, Bernd Leno will be hoping to finally keep a clean sheet after going ten games without one.
The back four could see one key change, with Portugal international Cedric coming in for Hector Bellerin after the latter came into the team for the defeat to Olympiacos.
Thomas Partey should also return to the starting line-up after being rested against the Greek giants and that could see Mohamed Elneny drop out.
Further forward, Martin Odegaard will likely be back in place of Dani Ceballos in the number ten role, while Gabriel Martinelli is surely pushing for a rare start after his cameo against Olympiacos on Thursday.
Up front, Alexandre Lacazette may come in for club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the striker’s horror show in front of goal in midweek.
Predicted XI: Leno; Cedric, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Martinelli, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Lacazette.