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Preview: How strong is Arsenal’s squad ahead of West Ham clash?

Timothy Aiyeku

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This will be the second outing for Arsenal this season and it will be coming up against West Ham United in what is regarded as a London derby game.

The Gunners will be moving into the game as favourites after delivering a 3-0 win in their season’s opener against Fulham United last weekend to boost the spirit in camp especially with the previous Community Shield win.

However, the Gunners are expected to be without some of their first-team players. Although the same was experienced in the Fulham game and they were able to pull through. Should the same be expected?

Granit Xhaka is a major doubt for the London derby clash having received a knock. David Luiz is still out and might not be available alongside Shkodran Mustafi and Pablo Mari but that will not stop the Gunners from fielding what seems to be a strong team.

Willian was instrumental in the win against Fulham and he is expected to start again after being tactically substituted for the game while Deni Ceballos could return to the starting line up if Granit Xhaka fails to make it.

No doubt about Bernd Leno in the middle of the sticks with Emi Martinez already gone to Aston Villa while Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Hector Bellerin could get the nod at the back.

Arsenal hero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is no doubt for tomorrow. Arsenal fans will be hoping he continues his goal scoring form alongside Alexandre Lacazette in the attack.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.