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Arsenal v West Ham EFL Cup Preview

Posted on December 18, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal have the chance to book their place in the last-four of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night when the Gunners welcome West Ham to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal’s recent form has been inconsistent in the Premier League. However, the Gunners head into this clash on the back of a 1-0 home win over Newcastle last time out.

The north London side have had a relatively easy route to the quarter-finals, with wins over lower league opposition Doncaster Rovers and Norwich City, although they need extra time to beat the latter in round 5.

The Gunners home record in this competition is a bit of a mixed bag, as they have won three and lost three of their last six League Cup games at the Emirates Stadium.

One of those losses saw Arsene Wenger’s team exit the competition at the last-eight stage against Southampton last season.

West Ham have undergone a recent revival under new boss David Moyes. The Hammers are undefeated in their last three outings, which included a goalless draw with the Gunners on home soil just under a week ago.

The Irons defence has improved massively of late, keeping three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League.

The visitors have seen off Cheltenham, Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham to get to the last eight. Recovering from two goals down at Spurs in the last round has been the highlight of their campaign so far.

The Irons have a mixed away record in the League Cup, having won two and lost three of their last five games on their travels in the competition. One win in their last five away games suggests that the Irons are not great travellers.

Their one victory in that run was last time out in a 3-0 win at Stoke City, a win that moved the visitors out of the relegation zone.

Team News

Arsenal once again look set to be without Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Shkodran Mustafi and Aaron Ramsey. As is now the custom with the League Cup and Arsene Wenger, the Gunners are likely to field a much-changed squad from the weekend.

West Ham are without Sam Byram, Jose Fonte, Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate through injury, while Marko Arnautovic, Pablo Zabaleta and Edimilson Fernandes are also doubts. Midfielder Manuel Lanzini has been charged with the deception of a referee, so may be unavailable if he does not appeal the charge.

Betting News

Arsenal are the favourites to win this clash at odds of 8/15, while the draw is odds of 10/3 and West Ham are odds of 6/1 to record a surprise win.

Arsenal are likely to field a much-changed side, but so far are the visitors. The Gunners will be highly confident of booking their place in the last four of the competition.

Will Arsenal defeat West Ham on Tuesday night?

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