Posted on December 19, 2017 by ADMIN

Arsenal v West Ham Match Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal play host to West Ham in today’s Carabao Cup Quarter-final, as we attempt to win the competition for the first time under Arsene Wenger.

The French boss has so far failed to lift the trophy, although he has consistently used the full breadth of his squad in the competition over the years. The same is expected from his line-up today also.

Wenger stated that players would be rested from the weekend’s starting XI, whilst also adding that Shkodran Mustafi will be saved for Liverpool on Friday, so it would be safe to expect our second-string to start the match.

Our rivals have enjoyed a huge upturn in fortunes since the arrival of David Moyes in East London. The Scottish boss has guided his side to pick up four points from two league matches against us and Chelsea, but surely they will also need to rotate in order to keep the squad fresh.

Predicted Arsenal XI:

Ospina
Debuchy  Chambers  Mertesacker Maitland-Niles
Willock  Elneny  Coquelin
Walcott  Giroud  Welbeck

This team should have more than enough ability and experience to take home the win, but you also have to expect resilience from a well-organised and confident team in West Ham.

If we fail to get an early goal, this could well turn into a scrappy affair, but Theo Walcott loves to open up defences in midweek, and I can see him breaking through in the opening 45 minutes, and the game should be much more open from then on.

I’m going for a tidy 3-1 win against our London rivals, with Theo bagging a brace on his return to action.

What are your predictions for tonight? Comfy win or scrappy encounter?

Pat J

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11 thoughts on “Arsenal v West Ham Match Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

  1. Sue

    I think it depends who West Ham pick as well. They may want this slightly more than we do, saying that we’re at home so let’s go for it!

  2. gotanidea

    I predict it would be a tough match for Arsenal, but I just want to see how Walcott and Welbeck use their chances in the wings. If Walcott and Welbeck can play like Mbappe, Mane, Sane, Sterling and Salah, Arsenal should use 4-3-3 for a long time.

    1. jon fox

      gotanidea, “If Walcott and Welbeck can play likeMbappe,Mane, Sane, Sterling and Salah, Arsenal should use 4-3-3 for a long time.” To quote Harry Hill: “What are the chances of that happening!” It is more likely that The Pope will turn JEWISH; Trump will become humble, I will be voted Mr. Universe, Wenger will stop being an arrogant old fossil and that a flock of flying pigs will fly past. I cant decide if you are using heavily disguised satire or are off your head.

  3. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Well, with all sincerity in my heart, I more than believe Arsenal will tonight beat the West Hammers to pity in the Carabao Cup match between the duo teams at the Emirates Stadium. Even if David Moyes fielded all his senior team regulars for this match, It will certainly not count in the game. For, the Arsenal team II Gunners are fully set to bounce on the senior, junior or mixed Irons team, then pound them with the butts of their guns and collect at gun point all the hammers in the hands and hammer them thoroughly to submission in the game with the hammers

    Final scores @FT: .AFC 4- 0 WHUFC.

  4. jon fox

    Well if the writers predicted team plays to start, and West Ham choose a best eleven(though whic is unlikely) then we will lose. The midfield three the writer suggests will start are nowhere near Prem quality collectively. AMUSINGLY AND FRUSTRATINGLY THERE ARE STILL NAIVE, PRESUMABLY VERY YOUNG AND NEW GOONERS ON HERE, TALKING AS IF WALCOTT MIGHT STILL ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING GOOD. He would only accomplish that by leaving Arsenal ASAP

  5. Quantic Dream

    I don’t see why we should be scared of West Ham. In our previous 19 meetings the stats are heavily in our favour W14 D4 L1. Add onto the fact that the highly incompetent Moyes is at the helm at London Stadium its nearly a sure deal we will win this game.

  6. summerbreez

    A tough encounter for sure west ham would want to win it to stay in it particularly with their new manager they will try and neck one and park the bus and or hope for the penalties I for one hope we shut them up quickly by scoring at least 2 fast goals and keep them busy defending we finish the game fast we need our players fresh its a busy period and we need to keep the momentum going

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