Arsenal vs West Ham preview, betting tips and prediction: Gunners to progress against impressive Hammers
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Arsenal host West Ham in the Carabao Cup quarter final on Tuesday night, a week after the two sides played out a 0-0 at the London Stadium. The Gunners have struggled to find the net on a consistent basis recently, and Arsene Wenger is known to like to rotate in the cup competitions. David Moyes has made an impact at West Ham, against the odds, and he will feel his side can get through and cause a shock.
Because Wenger is likely to make changes, it is hard to discuss form in detail. The Hammers also have to weigh up their relegation fears and that could have an impact on their team selection. But the visitors have already been to Wembley and recovered from behind against Tottenham previously in the competition; they will have no fear and have a real chance of progression. That said; Arsenal’s own recent drop in performance level may inspire them to take this game more seriously. Should they do that, they should be able to start thinking of a double-legged semi final.
As mentioned above, Arsenal’s form may not have much of a bearing on this game because Wenger will probably make a lot of changes, as he has done in the Europa League. But the Gunners have struggled to score, even at the weekend against struggling Newcastle at the weekend. They drew 0-0 at West Ham and missed a catalogue of chances in their first defeat at the Emirates Stadium this season recently against Manchester United. But that record is still mightily impressive and will give the Gunners confidence. Olivier Giroud has been among the goals when he has been given opportunities.
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West Ham looked hapless towards the end of Slaven Bilic’s reign, and while Moyes took time to make an impact on the team, he has really begun to in the last few weeks. Defensive issues ceased to be a regular fixture in their play, and they showed they had great balance in their play by beating Chelsea at home. They also created chances against Arsenal, with Marko Arnautovic beginning to impress. Perhaps coming from 2-0 down against Tottenham to win 3-2 earlier in the competition will give them the kind of inspiration they’ll need to get through.
Theo Walcott missed the game against Newcastle on Saturday and is unlikely to return. Sead Kolasinac was on the bench and may come back into the side. But the biggest questions remain with Wenger; he doesn’t have new many injury concerns but it will be interesting to see if he rests the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette or weekend goalscorer Mesut Ozil, with such a busy period coming up in the Premier League.
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The Hammers themselves don’t have many issues themselves, with only Jose Fonte unavailable. Javier Hernandez or Andy Carroll could lead the line, while it could be an opportunity for outcast goalkeeper Joe Hart to get back into the team.