Unai Emery explains Mesut Ozil absence for West Ham as conspiracies swirl

Aubameyang Laughing

Aubameyang Laughing

New Arsenal manager Unai Emery needs to avoid defeat against West Ham on Saturday to escape sharing an unwanted Premier League record.

Aubameyang hardly made his presence felt in Arsenal's 2-0 loss at the hands of Manchester City and he wasted a lot of goal scoring opportunities against Chelsea last weekend.

The impressive form of Matteo Guendouzi has come as a "very big, positive surprise" at Arsenal, manager Unai Emery has admitted. Also, the win gives the confidence for the players.

Having been tied up with injuries in recent years, a move to West Ham could work out for the midfielder although on the evidence of the opening two games the 26-year old needs more game time to get up to full speed.

Felipe Anderson continued to probe, flashing agonisingly across the face of goal in injury-time, meaning Arsenal nerves only settled when Welbeck swivelled to dispatch Bellerin's pass. His lack of defensive awareness and discipline continues to cost his side and left a gap which West Ham took full advantage of. Another one of Arsenal's former player Lucas Perez will have to be content with a bench role, although goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, also a former Gunner, will start against the North Londoners.

MF Aaron Ramsey, 6 - After being dropped for the match at Stamford Bridge, Ramsey was recalled to replace the sick Mesut Ozil.

Although its a third defeat in a row, West Ham can count themselves unlucky to not come away from the Emirates with something.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, after his display against Chelsea, looks set to keep his place. Arsenal 1, West Ham 1.

While the east Londoners are still looking to get off the mark this season, Pellegrini is seeing signs of life at the club. Against West Ham, Ramsey resembled something like a battering ram. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang played up front but Alexandre Lacazette impressed off the bench, leading many fans to call for him to start in their next fixture.

"I think they all know we are making too many changes and in the first three games, we haven't had the results that we wanted, but in every game we are improving".

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