How Arsenal can exploit West Ham´s injury problems

First of all, I have to make it clear that Arsenal, as usual, are facing more injury problems than our next opponents. I cannot remember a game this season where that has not been the case but it has become so regular for the Gunners that we have just go used to it.

Anyway, while Arsenal have eight players on the injured list, according to, West Ham also have three players unavailable and they are all fairly important to their team. Andy Carroll, Carlton Cole and Winston Reid are all supposedly going to miss the game and they will also have to do without our own Carl Jenkinson, so what could this mean to their formation and how could it help Arsene Wenger?

Well losing two of the first choice back four is obviously a blow to them and they will probably bring in O´Brien at right back. Surely this is an invitation to Wenger to put Alexis up against him and watch the carnage unfold. Collins will come into the centre and I would be tempted to try Welbeck in the middle to exploit his lack of pace.

We don´t have much choice about our own centre backs but we can at least hope that the absence of Carroll and Cole takes away a lot of their usual aerial threat and perhaps take the pressure of our full backs to cut out crosses. They may have to be more technical and go through the midfield and that should bring the combative Coquelin into play. I really cannot see anything but an Arsenal win here. We have been surprised before, so do you think the Gunners could mess it up?

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    1. I hate these articles, we are Arsenal, pinning our hopes on another teams injuries is simply sad and below us as a club.

      1. Hazard thinking he’s the next Messi is just as funny. Dribble, dribble, dribble, do nothing… repeat!

  1. Lets not focus on westham’s injury problems! But focus our attention on playing at our best on saturday, and getting 3 crucial points hoping man u and spurs draw! Coyg!

  2. Jenkinson cld make a permanent move to West Ham…

    come summer we should sign another quality RB….

    Bellerin is not ready and should go on a loan and Chambers can be our 4th or 5th choice CB….

  3. I’m happy Jenkison won’t play us But hope he recovers soon.

    It’s up to Wenger whether we keep Jenkison or sell him.

    We have 3 RBs (Debuchy, Bellerin, Chambers). Wenger may feel he is excess. I’ve seen the figure £10 million for west ham to buy him.

    Or maybe Wenger will bring him back

    Wenger needs to decide this summer whether he needs to sell Podolski, Jenkison, Campbell, Sanogo and release Flamini and Diaby to bring in New players.

  4. Let’s not be telling the boss who he should sell off or release to go away from Arsenal FC at this time. At least we should wait till the end of the season before we start to agitate for, or advice him on the players that we think he should sell and those we believe he should recruit. To concentrate on the business at hand means, we should advice the Gunners not to take beating West Hammers for granted and thereby start to rest on their oars. I am sure the boss will not tolerate such a deleration of duty by the Gunners. The Gunners even need a confidence boosting victory over West Ham to instill more confidence in themselves ahead of their UCL game away to Monaco FC next Tue’ night. The Gunners should take the West Ham game as if they will be playing agaist Tottenham Hotspur.

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