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Arsenal predicted line-up for West Ham clash as Freddie Ljungberg makes changes


Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg is expected to change up his starting line-up for Monday’s clash with West Ham .

Ljungberg is still looking for his first win since taking charge of the Gunners after Unai Emery’s dismissal.

Following a draw at Norwich in his first game, the Swede saw his side suffer a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

And he is expected to shake up his starting XI when he takes his squad to the London Stadium.

With Arsenal still looking for their first clean sheet since October 6, Bernd Leno will start in goal after a string of impressive performances.

Freddie Ljungberg is still looking for his first win

The Gunners are continuing to monitor Hector Bellerin’s fitness after he returned to the squad against Brighton and he is expected to keep his place in the back four alongside David Luiz and Sokratis.

The only change to the defence could see summer signing Kieran Tierney return at left-back in place of Sead Kolasinac after coming off the bench on Thursday.

It remains to be seen whether Rob Holding will play any part against the Hammers, with the club continuing to assess bruising to his left knee ahead of meeting.

One of the biggest questions surrounds the make-up of Ljungberg’s midfield.

Record signing Nicolas Pepe is set to return to the starting XI

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Matteo Guendouzi is expected to return to the midfield and start alongside Granit Xhaka, but it remains to be seen whether he will come in for Lucas Torreira or Mesut Ozil.

Further up the pitch, record signing Nicolas Pepe is set to replace Joe Willock, with him and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lining up either side of Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal predicted XI (4-3-3): Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Sokratis, Tierney; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang





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