Unai Emery says Arsenal fans will not be seeing two strikers together for a little while yet.
Asked about the possibility of pairing Alex Lacazette, who has started both games this season on the bench, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Spaniard explained that for the moment he’d rather the Gunners focused on controlling the midfield.
“At the moment, no,” he told his pre-West Ham press conference, when asked about his starting line-up and formation for the weekend.
“At the moment, I think we need to have the control with the possession, with the positioning on the pitch, with more players inside.”
He added: “In the two first matches, we didn’t have the control.”
Emery went on to talk about different formations the players have been working on in training.
“In the first [formation] we are playing with four at the back, then we have two and one, and one and two. With two and one, it is like a 4-2-3-1 and one, two, is for a 4-1-4-1 or a 4-3-3.”
Having lost his first two games in charge, Emery is under no illusions of the importance of sealing three points against Manuel Pellegrini’s new-look Hammers. Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski and Lucas Perez are all likely to be in the squad; familiar faces who will no doubt be eager to prove a point on their return to the Emirates.
“There are three points on this game,” noted Emery. “It’s clear that every game demands different things tactically. After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham.
“The difficulty is in this game because West Ham are a good team with good players and a good coach.
“They know the Premier League very well and they have a lot of new players. We are thinking in our way and about our work to create our ideas and our system on Saturday with our supporters at the Emirates.
“I think it’s very important to show them a better performance than in the two first matches. We are preparing well, I am feeling well when I look at the players in training every day.”