Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang & Lacazette Start in Strong Arsenal XI vs West Ham

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With Arsenal in action late on Thursday, we’ve had little in the way of pre-Gameweek 16 thoughts from Freddie Ljungberg or indeed an updated medical bulletin from the Gunners themselves.

Arsenal slumped to another dismal defeat against Brighton in midweek, with Ljungberg initially setting his side up in a 4-3-3 with Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang either side of Alexandre Lacazette.

That system was abandoned at half-time as the Gunners switched to a 4-2-3-1 and the performance of substitute Nicolas Pepe down the right flank may have earned him a start against West Ham on Monday, either at the expense of one of the front three or alongside them.

Ljungberg may deem a front four of Ozil, Pepe, Lacazette and Aubameyang too gung-ho, of course, but at this point, it is difficult to comprehend what he has to lose by doing so.

Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are further options for their interim boss to consider out wide.

Joe Willock has been one of the Swede’s preferred options in the middle of the park but has twice been hauled off in the last week, with his latest non-performance resulting in a withdrawal at half-time.

He could drop out of the side here regardless of the formation, with Matteo Guendouzi an alternative option in central midfield if required.

It is saying something that Granit Xhaka has actually been one of Arsenal’s better performers of late, so the Switzerland international actually looks like one of the more secure starters at the London Stadium amid the uncertainty elsewhere.

Kieran Tierney will be hoping to get a look-in at left-back as it appeared Sead Kolasinac was struggling with an injury late on against Brighton, while Calum Chambers is an alternative at right-back or at centre-half.

Predicted Lineup

Leno; Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney; Xhaka, Torreira; Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette.