Times are not rosy for Arsenal. A tumultuous February and March has led to a fall down the standings, fan protests (weather permitting) and a lot of finger pointing, albeit mainly by those who do nothing but. Despite the positives to be taken from a draw vs Man City, they remain on poor form only winning one of their last six league matches and sit seven points out of the top four spot we’ve become accustomed to.
So with West Ham visiting, a team only looking now for a few wins to solidify their status as a Premier League side, followed by Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough away, it’s now or never to make a statement that Arsenal haven’t faded and push for Champions League football next year. It’d be nice to have help but at some point, you have to take care of your own house first. This is that point.
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
11.45 AM PT/2.45 AM ET/7:45 PM BT
Emirates Stadium, London
Really really really really really really need to turn this ship around and win.
Unfortunately, they are limping quite a bit. Issues in central midfield and goal as pretty much everyone is carrying a knock, will make selection a bit of a surprise. Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain face reassessment, being out due to that damned interlull. But now Francis Coquelin joins them in doubt, leaving Arsenal thin in the center of the park. Both Petr Cech and David Ospina are hurt meaning it’s 3rd string time; hello Emil Martinez. Add to that Koscielny is likely out a few weeks... yeesh, this is quite the butcher’s bill.
But hey! Mertesacker’s back! Finally.
Martinez; Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabriel, Monreal; Xhaka, Elneny; Walcott, Ozil, Welbeck; Alexis
How to watch:
In the US, NBC Sports Live or Premier League Extra Time
In the not-US, check livesoccer.tv.