West Ham must be mindful of Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil on Saturday.

The Hammers travel across the city to take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

There’s already a lot riding on this game, with both teams having lost their first two Premier League matches.

Mesut Ozil usually steps up against West Ham and needs to be shackled on Saturday. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

West Ham have been beaten by Liverpool and Bournemouth, while Arsenal lost to Manchester City and Chelsea.

With both teams searching for their first points of the new season, it promises to be a great game – one that hopefully the Irons will come out on top in.

It’s going to be tough though, and West Ham must be mindful of Arsenal’s Ozil, who has been somewhat of a thorn in the club’s side in recent times.

The Ozil effect

He may come in for criticism, but Ozil usually delivers when he faces West Ham.

As raised by the Premier League’s US Twitter handle (@PLinUSA), Ozil has tabled five goal involvements in his last four league games against the Irons.

That is a bit of a concern, and Manuel Pellegrini needs to take measures to stop the German.

What’s more the 29-year-old, like most of his teammates, is due a big performance after a poor start.

Time for Carlos Sanchez?

With Ozil eyeing more joy against the Hammers, it could be time for summer signing Carlos Sanchez.

Some deemed the 32-year-old’s capture ‘underwhelming’, but his aggression and tenacity might be of some use against Ozil.

Carlos Sanchez could be the ideal counter to the creativity of Mesut Ozil. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

West Ham cannot let him find his rhythm; at the end of the day, he is still the Gunners’ biggest creative threat.

Pellegrini may also bring in Pedro Obiang, with reports surfacing that Mark Noble is to be dropped.

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