Arsenal will make the short trip to the London Stadium to face Westham on Monday night looking for their first win on more than two months. The Gunners lost 2-1 at home to Brighton in their last league fixture leaving them just five points above the relegation zone.
Interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg came under lots of criticism for his line up against Brighton. He needs to change a few things failure to which the team will continue o struggle. Below are the key changes that he should make.
Center back pairing
In his first match against Norwich City, Freddie opted for a David Luiz and Mustafi partnership. The Gunners conceded two goals and were lucky to keep it at just two.
Against Brighton, Sokratis was paired with Luiz and again, the team conceded twice and should have let in more but for Lenos brilliant saves. He needs to change his center back pairing and bring on Rob Holding back into the fold. The English center back is very good with the ball and an excellent reader of the game.
Start Nicholas Pepe
Nicholas Pepe has not started in the last three Premier League matches but was introduced in the second half against Norwich. He offers Arsenal something that no other player in the squad has, excellent wing play and the ability to draw defenders to his side.
Though he is yet to score goals from open play for Arsenal, starting him against Westham has to be an absolute must.
Bring back Matteo
The young French midfielder was rested in the loss to Brighton and Arenal missed his energy and fighting spirit in the middle of the pack. Away from home, Guendouzi is the perfect midfielder for Arsenal as he plays without fear and intimidation. Ljungberg has to bring him back into the fold.