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Boss Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to add his first Premier League points in a crucial clash at the Emirates

Manuel Pellegrini will take his West Ham United side to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Saturday, knowing full well defeat will only increase speculation surrounding his future.

Despite only arriving in the summer, the former Manchester City boss has spent well over £100million on revamping West Ham’s side.

Pellegrini knows he has to spark an upturn in fortunes

However, a thrashing at Anfield on the opening weekend was followed up by a disappointing home defeat to Bournemouth last Saturday.

As a result, the Chilean is under pressure.

The Hammers come up against London rivals Arsenal, who are also in the embryonic stages of new leadership.

Unai Emery is also yet to win a Premier League point from his opening two games, and will feel confident when facing a West Ham side which has conceded six soft goals from their opening two games.


So how could West Ham line up on Saturday and will it be third time lucky for Pellegrini or Emery?

Goalkeeper – Łukasz Fabiański

Fabianski will almost certainly keep his place in goal

Fabianski will almost certainly keep his place in goal

Right back – Pablo Zabaleta

The experienced Argentine should keep his place ahead of Ryan Fredericks

The experienced Argentine should keep his place ahead of Ryan Fredericks

Centre Back – Issa Diop

The France Under-21 international could make his West Ham debut ahead of Fabian Balbuena

The France Under-21 international could make his West Ham debut ahead of Fabian Balbuena

Centre Back – Angelo Ogbonna

Must improve after last weekend’s awful performance

Must improve after last weekend’s awful performance

Left Back – Aaron Cresswell

Gets the nod ahead of Masuaku because of his superior defensive abilities

Gets the nod ahead of Masuaku because of his superior defensive abilities

Holding Midfield – Pedro Obiang

Cool and calm on the ball, his work off it is imperative to the Hammers’ chances

Cool and calm on the ball, his work off it is imperative to the Hammers’ chances

Holding Midfield – Carlos Sanchez

With captain Mark Noble injured, Carlos Sanchez could make his debut

With captain Mark Noble injured, Carlos Sanchez could make his debut

Centre Midfield – Jack Wilshere

Must keep his emotions in check against his former side, his play from deep will be crucial

Must keep his emotions in check against his former side, his play from deep will be crucial

Right Wing – Andriy Yarmolenko

Has looked bright in his two cameo appearances from the bench so far

Has looked bright in his two cameo appearances from the bench so far

Left Wing – Felipe Anderson

The club’s record signing will relish the battle with fellow speedster Hector Bellerin

The club’s record signing will relish the battle with fellow speedster Hector Bellerin

Centre Forward – Marko Arnautovic

Got off the mark last weekend, will look to bully a nervous Gunners defence

Got off the mark last weekend, will look to bully a nervous Gunners defence


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