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Why Aaron Cresswell simply must return to the starting XI against Arsenal
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Why Aaron Cresswell simply must return to the starting XI against Arsenal

West Ham takes on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this weekend, with both teams eyeing their first points of the season.

The Hammers have made a slow start to the new campaign, with opening defeats to Liverpool and Bournemouth.

Manuel Pellegrini’s players are clearly still adapting to his methods and tactics.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 18: West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini during the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

It was a summer of huge change at the football club and the new players need time to gel and familiarise.

The club spent over £100 million in the transfer market and surely it will take a couple of months for everybody to settle in and start building some momentum.

Saturday sees the Hammers take on Arsenal, who have also undergone a summer of change.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Arsenal Head Coach Unai Emery in the Directors Box during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal U23 and Brighton & Hove Albion U23 at Emirates Stadium on August 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The Gunners also lost their first two league matches and will view this game as an opportunity for three points.

Aaron Cresswell has to start

Pellegrini faces a selection headache ahead of the game as he seeks his winning formula. One man who should certainly be starting this game though is Aaron Cresswell.

Pellegrini has opted to select Arthur Masuaku at left-back so far which could be the wrong move against Arsenal. The Gunners have Hector Bellerin who loves to bomb forward, and Masuaku is prone to leaving gaps in behind.

Bellerin is weak defensively, but the Gunners are likely to dominate the possession at home.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 18: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

That suggests that the Spaniard will spend more time on the front foot rather than the back. Bringing in Cresswell would be a better counter to the attacking threat of Bellerin.

It would potentially allow Felipe Anderson to exploit the space he leaves behind on the counter.