Nathan Holland is in line to feature for Arsenal against West Ham after he was omitted from the Under-23s side last night, Football Insider can reveal.
The Hammers winger, 21, has been a mainstay of the development side that has churned out impressive results this season.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Holland was left out of the Under-23s team that drew 3-3 against Fulham last night to hold him back for the Arsenal match.
Manuel Pellegrini wants the left-winger fresh to train with the senior side today and tomorrow as they make preparations for the first of two matches that may decide his fate as manager.
Holland made just his third first-team appearance for the club on Wednesday when he came on as a substitute with 19 minutes remaining of the 2-0 defeat at Wolves.
His only other match for West Ham this season came in the League Cup mauling at third-tier Oxford United.
But Holland has been in outstanding form for the junior side and has been nominated for the Premier League 2 player of the month award for November.
In 11 matches in the competition this season he has scored nine goals and provided six assists.
Pellegrini is frustrated at the lack of killer instinct from his senior attacking midfielders, with Felipe Anderson, Robert Snodgrass, Andriy Yarmolenko and Pablo Fornals notably off the boil while Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere are injured.
West Ham have scored just 17 goals from 15 Premier League matches this season and, as revealed by Football Insider, have set their sights on signing proven duo in January window.
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