Mikel Arteta has a dilemma in the middle of the field as Arsenal prepares to play West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium without Kai Havertz because of a suspension.
After receiving his fifth yellow card against Liverpool, the German playmaker will miss the forthcoming match against the Hammers, giving Arteta time to think through his options. Due to an injury that has kept Fabio Vieira out of action, Arteta will turn to Leandro Trossard to cover for Havertz.
Martin Odegaard has been used by Arteta in a somewhat deeper role in the past, especially in response to certain challenges from opponents. In these configurations, Declan Rice has frequently been used as the lone holding midfielder. Odegaard’s defensive contributions and adaptability were emphasized by the Arsenal manager as valuable assets to adjust to the team’s needs.
With a pre-match video on his Instagram story, Jorginho has alluded to his possible inclusion in the midfield lineup against West Ham, implying a crucial role in taking Havertz’s place. Rice might play a more advanced role against his former team if Jorginho is selected. The forthcoming match at the Emirates is more anticipated in light of the mystery surrounding Arteta’s midfield choices.