This match today for Unai Emery is a no excuse must win game it is as simple as that.

Excuses can be found for losing against Man City and Chelsea but not against West Ham at home, not when the Hammers have also lost their opening two games of the season, not when they have a new manager and new signings to integrate.

There were huge positives from the Chelsea game for Arsenal despite losing, the comeback from two goals down showed immense character and on any other day Aubameyang, Iwobi and Mkhitaryan would have scored as opposed to missing absolute sitters.

The defence is a huge concern let’s be honest, Bellerin did not have the best of games against Chelsea and appears to be lacking confidence and Emery insisting that we constantly play out from the back is a worry.

The midfield can be weak, it should not be, but it was easily overrun against City and fell back too easily in the second half of the game against Chelsea.

The forward line is simply not clinical enough, they are missing too many golden opportunities.

There, done, those are the negatives out of the way, now let’s look at the positives.

The defence is adapting, it was up against two big teams in City and Chelsea, they are learning to play better from the back, it is an ongoing transition period that takes time but the signs are there that they are getting it right.

The midfield is getting better, they did dominate for parts of the game at Chelsea, they were competitive, they did link up well from the back to the front and in Guendouzi we may have unearthed a diamond, his passion is certainly contagious.

The front line did miss some easy chances but the fact they got themselves into those positions in the first place is a huge positive and if they continue to get these opportunities and there is no reason to think they will not, then the goals will come and come regularly.

There will be a warm welcome for Jack Wilshere, he deserves it but his presence will not help West Ham, they have very little positives they can take from their two games this season, they have been very poor and if we play against them today as we did against Chelsea after going two down then we will give them a thrashing, that is not overconfidence, that is the stark reality.

Probable line-ups

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Torreira, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang

West Ham: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Anderson, Wilshere, Sanchez, Yarmolenko, Hernandez, Arnautovic

Predicted Score

Arsenal 4-1 West Ham