West Ham vs Arsenal
Arsenal travel to West Ham in Saturday’s early kick-off.
The Gunners start the weekend in 5th place, just three points off a Champions League spot.
However, Arsenal are not in the best form and have won just two of their last five league games.
Arsenal did pick up a 3-0 win in their FA Cup tie vs Blackpool last weekend though.
West Ham, on the other hand, start the day in 10th place.
The Hammers have failed to win in their last two league games but a win vs Arsenal could see them move as high as 7th.
West Ham fans will also be pleased to note that Marko Arnautovic is starting today despite being linked with a move to China.
Samir Nasri starts against Arsenal! pic.twitter.com/JfuFDG3vui
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 12, 2019
Arsenal line-up revealed
While West Ham fans seem largely pleased with their starting eleven, Arsenal are receiving a lot of backlash for their team to face West Ham.
The stadium’s set
The lads have arrived
The lineups are in
It’s time to reveal our starting XI for #WHUARS
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 12, 2019
The two biggest issues Arsenal fans have been voicing their displeasure at are the absences of Lucas Torreira and Mesut Ozil.
Since joining Arsenal Torreira has proven himself to be a quality midfielder.
So, Torreira being left on the bench vs West ham has somewhat baffled Arsenal fans.
Mesut Ozil, on the other hand, has been in and out of the Arsenal squad this season. But the German is completely absent from the matchday squad on Saturday.
Social media reaction
Here is how some Arsenal fans reacted to Torreira and Ozil not starting vs the Hammers.
WHERE IS ÖZIL!??? WHERE IS TORREIRA?!! EMERY WTF IS GOING ON!
— Alex (@Hogz10_Alex) January 12, 2019
No sign of Özil #WHUARS
— Arsènic™ (@MrArsenicTM) January 12, 2019
Is there a dislike button?
— toby (@tobybaconn) January 12, 2019
NO! We need @LTorreira34 and Xhaka in the midfield. the lead of 22 unbeaten run this season.
— Dahir Abdille (@dahirabdille) January 12, 2019
No Ozil pic.twitter.com/metFNeMhSB
— Josh (@joshmill96) January 12, 2019
Slightly surprising to see Torreira on the bench. Bellerin back to the bench.
No Ozil in the squad. https://t.co/6LyWPPCoKn
— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) January 12, 2019
No Torreira,weekend ruined
— LT11 (@Tekky_Torreira) January 12, 2019
The continued absence of Torreira from the starting line-up is a starting to get annoying. Another purely ‘tactical’ reason?
— Kin Fai (@aeroberg) January 12, 2019