Lineups available from 12:30pm GMT
ARSENAL: Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Debuchy, Coquelin, Ozil, Cazorla, Ox, Ramsey, Giroud
SUBS: Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Walcott, Arteta, Sanchez, Chambers
WEST HAM: Adrian, Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Oxford, Noble, Kouyate, Payet, Zarate, Sakho
SUBS: Randolph (GK), Collins, Poyet, Nolan, Jarvis, Lanzini, Maiga
And So It Begins… It’s as if the Premier League season never ended.
It only seems like yesterday that the Premier League was finished and here we are back again at the starting post with 380 Premier League games to look forward to.
Chelsea for me are the team to beat although I do think it might not be as easy this time round. Manchester United will be close enough after some decent signings and I also think that Arsenal will be a real threat. Petr Cech could be the signing of the season. I think the usual suspects will be struggling at the bottom but as ever it will be interesting every week. So here goes again with the Predictions. Great to be back.
Previews from @Bet_McLean and @OurLogie
Arsenal v West Ham
West Ham bowed out of the Europa League this week but they played a virtual second string side with a view to this Sunday clash with Arsenal. Astra Giurgiu from Romania rolled them over with that 2-1 home win and West Ham will now look to pick up the pieces under new coach Slaven Bilic.They might have been safer trying to stay in Europe. Dimitri Payet has shown great potential also in Pre-Season and could prove to be a fantastic addition to the Premier League
Arsenal will be full of confidence after the win over Chelsea and they have a better look to them this season. They are part of my treble bet this week and I expect them to be too good for the Hammers. Petr Cech is in goal for Arsenal but I don’t expect him to be that busy. Selection decisions for Wenger to make is going to be a weekly headache. Following his performance in the Community Shield last week, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has staked his claim for a starting spot however once a certain Alexis Sanchez is back to match fitness someone will surely have to make way. Thankfully for West Ham, that shouldn’t be this week.
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