Arsenal are about to unleash the line-up they’ve waited two months for ahead of West Ham

Arsenal can welcome back a key player and expect more in the near future to bolster Mikel Arteta’s options with a key clash against West Ham on the horizon.

Mikel Arteta can finally welcome back Takehiro Tomiyasu to the Arsenal starting line-up for the first time in more than two months.

Arsenal have been hit with numerous injury problems throughout the season and 2024 has not allowed the side any let-up. Thomas Partey has experienced a setback and remains out for the time being whilst Gabriel Jesus experienced a problem ahead of the clash with Liverpool meaning he missed the game.

Despite the frustration, Arsenal managed to beat Liverpool with Kai Havertz impressing at centre-forward.– one which could cement him in the side regardless of Jesus’ potential recovery for the next game against West Ham United.

The Japanese international has been away with his country at the Asia Cup and reached the quarter-finals of the competition in which he missed the previous four games against Liverpool (cup and league), Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

Although he came on for the second half against Fulham on New Year’s Day, that was his first league appearance since December 2 when he started and claimed an assist in the 2-1 win over Wolves. Tomiyasu has become more naturally left-sided during the last couple of seasons despite initially signing as a right-back.

The depth at left-back has been crucial and a key reason why youngster Lino Sousa was allowed to leave on deadline day last month.

With Tomiyasu back, however, Arteta can reintegrate him into the side to complete the defensive back line which has had great success in keeping out many sides. Tomiyasu joins Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba and Ben White who have all had some great performances this season.

White appears back to his best after the trip away to Dubai allowed him to rest persistent knee issues. Gabriel has arguably been the side’s best defender throughout, with Saliba seeing a couple of errors slipping into his game in the past week.

Jorginho utterly bossed the midfield against Liverpool and his presence will surely be appreciated again at the London Stadium this weekend with Martin Odegaard and Declan Rice completing the trio. Havertz would continue up top alongside Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka who also have looked in better form, the latter scoring twice in his last two games.

West Ham have already beaten Arsenal this season in the League Cup. The Gunners will be looking for revenge and cannot afford any slip-ups after the mighty result against Jurgen Klopp’s side last weekend.

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