The Unai Emery era has started with a splutter for Arsenal – not that it wasn’t predicted.
Opening matches against Manchester City and Chelsea would be a tall order for any team, never mind a squad learning a new philosophy.
A 3-2 defeat at Chelsea means Emery has returned no points from his first two Premier League games, and the clash at home to West Ham on Saturday will be eagerly anticipated by Gunners fans waiting for that elusive win.
Here’s how we think they might line up:
GK: Bernd Leno
Emery has kept Petr Cech between the sticks for the opening games of the season, but a series of poor performances and near-misses means Bernd Leno could get his chance against the Hammers.
RB: Hector Bellerin
Bellerin continues to be one of the best right-backs in the Premier League, and the attacking capabilities he brings to the back-line are invaluable.
CB: Shkodran Mustafi
Mustafi is likely to start in the centre of the Arsenal defence once again – likely to the chagrin of Gunners fans. Emery will be eagerly awaiting the return of Laurent Koscielny…
The new signing started against Chelsea, and should do again here against West Ham.
LB: Nacho Monreal
Sead Kolasinac remains sidelined through injury, so the veteran Spaniard will keep his spot in the starting lineup.
DM: Lucas Torreira
Emery has shown great faith in youngster Matteo Guendouzi by starting him in the first two games of the season, but it’s time to see what Arsenal have in summer marquee signing Torreira.
DM: Granit Xhaka
Arsenal fans will be keen to see the midfield pairing of Xhaka and Torreira for a full 90 minutes.
AM: Mesut Özil
Emery has been public in his criticism of Özil’s effort, and the German will need to show his new boss serious commitment to retain his spot in the lineup.
RW: Henrikh Mkhitaryan
On target against Chelsea, the wide-man could become a key part of Arsenal’s successes this season.
ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The focal point of the Arsenal attack will be anxious to get off the mark on Saturday afternoon.
LW: Alex Iwobi
Iwobi scored against Chelsea last weekend, and delivered a decent enough performance to retain his spot in the starting XI.