Arsenal is gearing up for a challenging encounter with West Ham United, but they will have to do so without Oleksandr Zinchenko, one of their standout players this season. The Ukrainian star, who transferred from Manchester City last summer, has become a vital element in Mikel Arteta’s lineup. His ability to smoothly transition from left-back to midfield has transformed the team’s playing style.
However, Zinchenko sustained a groin injury during last week’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool, forcing him to sit out the upcoming match against West Ham. Fans and teammates are hopeful that the injury is minor, and Zinchenko will be ready to return for the match against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium next Friday.
In Zinchenko’s absence, Kieran Tierney is likely to take up the left-back position. Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s boss, has expressed his confidence in Tierney’s abilities to fill Zinchenko’s shoes, citing Tierney’s experience and quality. Jamie Carragher, a football pundit, also believes that Tierney is more than capable of covering for Zinchenko, despite the latter’s significant impact on Arsenal’s title charge this season.
Arsenal currently sits at the top of the Premier League table with 73 points, just one point away from celebrating St Totteringham’s Day. Tottenham’s recent defeat to Bournemouth means that their maximum points tally is capped at 74. The Gunners will be focused on securing a win against West Ham to maintain their position at the top.
Arteta is not allowing Manchester City’s closing gap to affect his team’s mindset. He emphasizes the need to control what they can and perform well to secure victories throughout the season. West Ham is expected to present a formidable challenge, with a versatile playing style that can cause problems for Arsenal.
Arsenal supporters have taken to Twitter to express their concerns about Zinchenko’s absence, with some fans describing it as a “massive blow” and a “huge miss.” The team’s success in the upcoming match will rely on their ability to adapt and make the most of the available talent on the field.
The Gunners have maintained a strong record against West Ham, with 11 wins in their last 14 encounters. West Ham’s current season has been less impressive, winning only eight of their 29 games, and sitting just three points above the relegation zone. Arsenal will aim to continue their dominance in the London derby and secure another victory on their road to Premier League glory.