Arsenal travel to east London to face West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The north London side are in good form, having secured back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Manchester United, meaning they are now fourth in the table, two points clear of Tottenham Hotspur.
Meanwhile, the Hammers played the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night, which could mean David Moyes opts to rest some of his players, something he did last weekend against Chelsea .
It looks like Mikel Arteta’s side trained hard ahead of the game as seen in some of the pictures released from their last training session. With that in mind, let’s look at three things we noticed at London Colney on Saturday.
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Takehiro Tomiyasu appears to be back in contention for a starting spot as he slowly begins to repair his fitness. The Japan international came on for the final minutes against Manchester United after a long absence but it looks like he is finally ready to return to Arteta’s line-up as he aims to help the Gunners secure a place in the top four.
Bukayo Saka worried Arsenal fans when he was knocked out in the 3-1 win over United last weekend. After scoring a penalty, the Englishman was taken off with 15 minutes remaining and was seen limping after the final whistle.
Arteta said after the match that the club would see how the Hammers’ preparation for the match goes, but has since confirmed the youngster is expected to be available: “I hope he will be fine,” said the Spaniard. “He had some problems in the last part of the game but he recovered well and we expect him to be available.”
Luckily, judging by the training footage, he looks set to play against the Hammers.
The exchange of Gabriel and Ramsdale
What has been great to see from Arsenal this season is that there is a clear connection between the five defenders. Communication between the goalkeeper and centre-backs in particular has been lacking in recent Gunners squads, but as you can see in the image above, first-choice keeper Aaron Ramsdale and defender Gabriel Magalhaes continue to rectify this mistake of the past.