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Fornals To Start, Benrahma On The Bench | 4-2-3-1 West Ham United Predicted Lineup Vs Arsenal

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West Ham United will clash heads with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night as they look to earn maximum points on their travels. The Hammers were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Burnley last weekend, so they will be eager to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

David Moyes will probably opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation and could make one change to his first XI for this game. Pablo Fornals is expected to get a start while Said Benrahma drops to the West Ham bench. However, Moyes will be sweating on the fitness of Aaron Cresswell who is a significant concern for this game as he continues to recover from a lower back injury.

4-2-3-1 West Ham United Predicted Lineup To Face Arsenal

Defence

Łukasz Fabiański will feature in between the sticks for the Hammers after he secured a clean sheet versus the Clarets in his last league outing. Vladimír Coufal will operate at right-back while Arthur Masuaku fills in on the other flank as the left-back.

Both Craig Dawson and Issa Diop will once again function as West Ham’s first-team centre-halves as they try to restrict the Gunners from scoring during the 90 minutes. Aaron Cresswell is a  major doubt for this game while both Kurt Zouma and Ben Johnson are unlikely to be risked in this contest.

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Midfield

Declan Rice will anchor the midfield along with Tomas Soucek. Their main goal would be to win the 50-50 midfield battles and hope to catch Arsenal off-guard on the counter. The gifted trio of Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen will operate just ahead of them as part of Moyes’ attack.

Said Benrahma, Alex Kral and Andriy Yarmolenko will be available for selection on the West Ham bench as they wait for their chance to make an impact in the second 45 minutes if required.

Attack

Michail Antonio will lead the charge for the East London club up top. The English striker failed to register a goal versus Burnley, so this upcoming derby could be an ideal opportunity for him to return to his goal-scoring ways in the Premier League.

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