By Bulldog Drummond
Physioroom has the injury list as below. Soares is now fit it seems, but needs to return to full training this coming week before being ready to play.
|Calum Chambers||Knee Injury||Ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.||August|
|Sead Kolasinac||Shoulder Injury||Significant strain to right shoulder joint. Aiming to return to full training by the end of March.||4 April|
|Kieran Tierney||Shoulder Injury||He’s done two or three complete sessions. Hopefully he will join the squad soon.||7 March|
|Lucas Torreira||Ankle/Foot Injury||Awaiting further specialist reviews which will determine recovery plan.||No Return Date|
For West Ham the injury news is that Tomas Soucek has recovered and could play, but Andriy Yarmolenko is not quite ready.
The Guardian gives us for their Arsenal team prediction as…
Bellerin Luiz Mari Saka
Pepe Ozil Aubameyang
Which then puts a bench selected from Martínez, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Willock, Guendouzi, Martinelli, Nelson, Lacazette
And interestingly Squwaka give us exactly the same predicted starting line up as above although they predict a 3-1 victory.
The Standard however breaks ranks and gives their predicted starting team as
Bellerin Luiz Mustafi Saka
Nelson Ozil Aubameyang
Football London on the other hand gives us
Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka;
Pepe, Willock, Martinelli;
The Sun doesn’t have a predicted line up – or at least didn’t when I looked – but they do helpfully ask “is the match on TV” and then also helpfully answer “no” which I suppose is helpful if you somehow thought that despite all the TV set up arrangements and contracts, the whole deal would suddenly be changed.
Prior to the game, David Moyes now managing Wham said all the right things about Mr Arteta, having been his manager when Moyes was at Everton. Among other things he commented that Arteta, “helped change Everton, the team and the way we played. We had so many good players at the time, and it changed what we had and improved us greatly.
“He was always a really good football player first and foremost. It took him a little time to settle in, but once he got used to the physical elements of the Premier League, he developed into a really good captain. His professionalism rubbed off on a lot of people around him at the time.”
Speaking of Moyes, he hasn’t won away to games Arsenal despite playing 15 games against us (and only four of those were draws). This is the worst record of any manager in the Premier League history.
On the BBC site the prediction is for a 1-1 draw even though West Ham have won just one of the past eight Premier League games and have lost more PL games against Arsenal than anyone else (30). They also note that “Arsenal have failed to reach 40 points at this stage of a Premier League season for only the third time. They finished the other two campaigns in 10th and 12th.”
But here is something a little more positive. When Aubameyang scores his next League goal he will be the 38th player to score 50 league goals for Arsenal. More to the point if he does it today he will be the fastest Arsenal player to do so since Joe Baker in 1963.
Meanwhile despite all the negative stats surrounding Arsenal we are currently in the longest current unbeaten run in the league, with three wins and four draws in seven games.
And that’s about it. All we need now is for the game to be played.
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