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Arsenal v West Ham. The possible Arsenal line up

by Bulldog Drummond

Almost time to set off in the car, but before I go, here’s the final instalment of news about the game tonight.

In terms of injuries Physioroom shows us this

Pos Club Total men down Last man down What happened
1 Watford 8 K Femenia Hamstring Injury
2 Liverpool 6 D Sturridge Tight Hamstring
3 Everton 6 Y Bolasie Fitness
4 Huddersfield Town 5 C Lowe Bruised Foot
5 Burnley 5 S Ward Knee Injury
6 West Ham United 5 A Carroll Back Injury
7 Stoke City 4 K Zouma Hamstring Injury
8 Crystal Palace 4 D Delaney Minor Surgery
9 Swansea City 4 W Bony Hamstring Injury
10 West Bromwich 4 M Phillips Hamstring Injury
11 Bournemouth 3 C Wilson Knee Injury
12 Manchester City 3 V Kompany Muscle Injury
13 Manchester United 3 M Fellaini MCL Knee Ligament
14 Arsenal 2 A Ramsey Hamstring Injury

The West Ham injury list is given by the site as

Player What’s wrong When’s he back Today?
A Carroll Back Injury December 19, 2017 Late Fitness Test
E Fernandes Ankle Injury No Return Date No
C Kouyate Hamstring Injury December 23, 2017 Slight Doubt
S Byram Thigh Strain December 26, 2017 No
J Fonte Ankle Injury January 20, 2018 No

Elsewhere with West Ham, Manuel Lanzini, has been charged with “successful deception of a match official” after he was awarded a penalty during Saturday’s win at Stoke. Mark Noble will also miss the game with a tight hamstring according to the media.

Returning however is Joe Hart who has not been playing while West Ham have been improving.  It is said he will start tonight.   Moyes said, in this regard,  “I’ve said all along he’s a really good goalkeeper. Adrián has had some really good performances too, but Joe has a great level of experience and has been good around the place, he is ready to play.”

Walcott we are told is 100% fit and will definitely play against West Ham.  He also suggested that virtually everyone who will play is an international which again seems to suggest that some of the promising youngsters will only make the bench – although if we count under 20 internationals as “internationals” in this context, that widens the scope.

There is also a suggestion in what Mr Wenger says that Mertesacker will also play.  I would also anticipate Elneny who is looking to me to be ever more purposeful and assured when he plays, will also get a full game, perhaps alongside Coquelin.

Danny Welbeck, Sead Kolasinac and Olivier Giroud look quite likely to start with a bench that includes a selection from Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Josh Dasilva, Eddie Nketiah, and Matt Macey, with a couple of those dropping out to make way for established players, just in case we get an early injury.

I am going to go for a fairly standard Arsenal II line up but with one major change – that is playing Maitland Niles again, but this time in central midfield, which is where Mr Wenger says he is at his best.  That leaves a space at full back and in would go Kolasinac in a 4-3-3 system

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Debuchy, Holding, Mertesacker , Kolasinac

Coquelin, Maitland Niles, Elneny,

Walcott, Giroud, Welbeck.

On the beach we then might have Macey, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Nelson, Nketiah, Sheaf, Willock.

Of course we might go with three centre backs and have… well that is where all sorts of options seem arise and there are so many possibilities… but none of them look quite as good as the line up above.

But the question with four at the back is then, can Kolasinac stop himself charging forwards?

Incidentally [don’t tell me we don’t cover every possible source here] “understands that Alex Iwobi is a huge doubt to suit up for Arsenal when they face West Ham United in the quarterfinals of the League Cup at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.”

Well, that’s all right cos we didn’t have him in the team anyway.

Let’s try one more option, this from the Evening Standard

“Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah wants chance to nail West Ham after coming of age against Bayern Munich”

The Munich game in question was one of the pre-season affairs, and the Standard piece rather tamely tails off with the notion that Eddie’s “next opportunity may come from the bench on Tuesday, even though Wenger is set to rotate his squad heavily, with Friday’s Premier League visit of Liverpool in mind.”  I’m not so sure that tells us anything we didn’t know.

Right, now, where are those gloves?  And woolly hat.  And…

Arsenal v West Ham

Approaching 100 years of Arsenal in the first division

Even if you don’t have much interest in Arsenal’s history, you will probably have heard that in 1919 Arsenal were elected to the first division.  You may even have heard that there was skulduggery afoot and that Henry Norris was at the heart of it all.

The full truth is currently being revealed for the first time in the long running series on “Henry Norris at the Arsenal” from the Arsenal History Society.  We’ve just reached the end of 1918, and I can tell you, whatever you have heard before will not be the reality that actually unfolded in that extraordinary period.

Arsenal, 11 – 31 December 1918. A 9-2 victory, the chairman becomes an MP, footballers unionise has just been published, with the story continuing every two or three days.   And oh yes, there is definitely some match fixing involved.

The next episode will be published on the Arsenal History Society site in a day or two.


8 comments to Arsenal v West Ham. The possible Arsenal line up

  • colario

    Your mention of ‘woolly hat’ reminds me that about this time last year I found much to my surprise a woolly hat of claret and blue that any male State Aid supporter would be proud to wear.

    I offered it to a local Gypsy boy.

    He looked at it with disgust written all over his face and said. ‘ I am not wearing that, its for girls!’

  • Grandad

    Chambers who is a full international, for Mertesaker please.

  • Andy Mack

    AW didn’t define what he considered to be an ‘International’ but as they play internationals at schoolboy level and upwards, I’d suggest that’s what he means.

  • Andy Mack

    It’ll be interesting to see what game plan Moyes uses.
    Will he play for a draw with the hope of a breakaway goal for a win, as he did against us in the league?
    Or will he decide it’s better to go ‘all out’ for the win and if it fails then they can concentrate on the league?

  • Andy Mack

    I can’t see AMN playing 3 games in a row.
    IMO it’s more likely to have Willock and Coquelin and ElNeny as a B2B/DM heavy MF3, OR Coquelin as DM, ElNeny as B2B and Nelson as an AM (Yes he’s more of a winger but he is creative and could probably work well in the AM role).

  • para

    Well(beck) it’s about time. Did you get that? OK!

  • WalterBroeckx

    Match report is on line

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    As the game went to extra time between Leicester City and Man City, one would have thought Leicester will seize the initiative in the game using home advantage to beat Man City on penalty shoot outs. But what did we see? Vardy hits the outside of the post with his spot kick and Mahrez allowed Bravo to save his spot kick to give Man City a passage on a platter to Wembely for the semi-final. Well, Leicester can take consolation for winning the PL Title in 2015/ 2016 season.

    As for our Arsenal who have earlier qualified for Wembely this night through Danny Welbeck’s solitary goal on the 2nd attempts via Debuchy assist, I believe the West Hammer knew all along they are coming to the Emirates Stadium this night to engage Arsenal in the English Carabao Cup quaterfinal match for formalities. For, David Moyes, the West manager and his Irons team knew before hand Arsenal will beat them however much they try in the game to cause a havoc against the Gunners will not work but fail. And that’s exactly what happened tonight at the Emirates Stadium.