GOOD NEWS: Gabriel Jesus and Jurien Timber get an update ahead of the West Ham match
After a convincing 5-0 win over Sheffield United over the weekend, the Gunners will come into this game full of confidence. If they win this match, they will advance to the competition’s quarterfinals.
In terms of injuries, Martin Odegaard was rested last weekend and may be rested again for this game. Three players will be absent, including long-term absentee Jurrien Timber, who will be sidelined for a few more months.
The absence of the Dutchman is a significant setback to the boss due to the sheer variety that the former Ajax star provides.
Thomas Partey and Gabriel Jesus are the other two players who will miss out. Both of them should be back shortly, but Arteta will have to find a solution without them for the time being. It’s encouraging to have Mohamed Elneny back in action, as he can help to lighten the load in the midfield.
Arsenal Fever’s Opinion:
The Carabao Cup is a competition in which the north Londoners have previously reached the final stages but have not won the trophy in quite some time. While Arteta’s first objective is to win the Premier League or the Champions League, this is a trophy he would like to add to his collection.
Taking on West Ham is never easy, but the Hammers appear to have rediscovered their stride this season after losing their star, Declan Rice. While their former captain is unlikely to start against them, they have more than enough talent to hurt the visitors.
Eddie Nketiah’s form is a significant lift for the Gunners, who will be hoping to see the Englishman score again. One thing to keep an eye out for is how Kai Havertz will be used for his aerial abilities against a physical squad like the hosts.
Arsenal have a decent opportunity of adding another trophy to their collection this season, but they must not become comfortable against West Ham. If the north Londoners can play with their normal fluency, they should advance to the next round.