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Arsenal drop early Leandro Trossard team news hint for West Ham as Arteta faces triple dilemma

Leandro Trossard could be rewarded for his impressive Liverpool cameo last weekend with a start for Arsenal against West Ham on Sunday afternoon. The Belgium international came off the bench to score in added time, condemning Liverpool to a 3-1 defeat and thus emphatically placing the Gunners firmly back in the Premier League title race.

That win pushed Arsenal to within two points of Jurgen Klopp’s side however their victory against Burnley on Saturday saw that gap increase back to five. Wins against Brentford and Everton for Manchester City have also taken them back above Arsenal, although Mikel Arteta’s side can move level on points with the reigning champions if they secure a victory.

Arteta is facing a number of team selection decisions for the trip to London Stadium with Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko as his main injury concerns. Ahead of the clash, the Arsenal boss revealed that Bukayo Saka is available but that Thomas Partey will not make the fixture following on from his injury setback suffered last week.

In place of Jesus from the start and Zinchenko at half time, Kai Havertz and Jakub Kiwior were deployed but Arteta could opt for a different tactical plan. Takehiro Tomiyasu now appears to be back available after his Japan were knocked out of the Asia Cup last week, with the clash against Liverpool coming too soon. 

Eddie Nketiah and Havertz have both filled in for Jesus when he has been injured previously, however Trossard has also been deployed there to great success. The 29-year-old has picked up three goal contributions when playing in a central role this season and Arteta could opt for a front three of Trossard, Gabriel Martinelli and Saka in an attempt to get revenge on West Ham as they have already beaten Arsenal twice this season.

If Jesus is out injured, Trossard coming into the starting XI looks far more likely to be done through the middle as opposed to on the left. Martinelli may have seen his attacking output decrease this season but he has still come up with a number of important Arsenal goals this season and his defensive work rate is invaluable.

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