After a heavy summer spend, West Ham, like Arsenal, are yet to get off and running in the Premier League and go into this weekend’s game desperate to win.
With so many signings, it’s going to take some time for Manuel Pellegrini to bed in and shape his new team.
Carlos Sanchez, Lucas Perez, Andriy Yarmolenko, Fabian Balbuena, Lukasz Fabianski, Jack Wilshere and Felipe Anderson all featured for the Hammers at the weekend as they lost to Bournemouth – a game they should’ve won.
Although on paper it looks like a tough game, West Ham must get something out of this weekend’s match and Jack Wilshere has to be central to that.
The former Arsenal man has to perform at the weekend and has recently said that’s it’s down to him to prove Arsenal wrong.
After almost two decades spent at the club as a youth and professional player, Wilshere left the club to join the east-London club on a free after Arsenal refused to guarantee him playing time in the first-team.
At only 26, Wilshere has suffered a torrid time with injuries but on his return to the Emirates, Wilshere must step up.
Manuel Pellegrini has to play the English midfielder as the number 10 this weekend rather than at the base of the midfield with the ageing Mark Noble.
With Anderson on the wing and Marko Arnautovic ahead of Wilshere could well exploit Arsenal’s shaky defence.
His ability to take the ball under pressure and move past players could be ideally suited to the bumbling Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi.
Do you agree West Ham fans?