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West Ham had a bitter-sweet last week as a morale-boosting draw at Old Trafford was followed by a 4-1 thrashing in the EFL Cup quarter-final at the hands of the same but much-improved opponents. United took no chance and played a strong team as the two away matches in succession against such a quality opposition took a toll on the West Ham players. While they could not match up to United’s depth in quality in the 2nd half, a number of players were also found wanting on the physical front and reportedly succumbed to fatigue and picked up slight knocks and are rated doubtful for the weekend.

Slaven Bilic hasn’t been able to execute his ambitious plans this season and it is looking likely that his side will be embroiled in a relegation scrap at some point this season. Bilic will hope this is the nearest they are to the dreaded bottom 3 but their next opponents will be in no mood to relent. West Ham face Arsenal in a London derby and after such a hectic week will need to gather all their willpower and energy resources to come up a performance of note. The Gunners will be going all out for a win and Bilic can only hope that one of his star players come up with a bit of magic to swing things their way.

PREDICTED WEST HAM UNITED LINE-UP VS ARSENAL (3-5-2)

DEFENCE

Randolph will come back after a rest in midweek and can expect a similarly busy afternoon like the one at Old Trafford. He needs to bring his reflexes and strong fists onto the field to have a chance of neutralising Arsenal. The back three is likely to remain unchanged which would mean Ogbonna, Collins and Kouyate lining up to face the likes of Sanchez and Walcott.

MIDFIELD

Aaron Creswell is a slight doubt but should make it. In his absence, Arthur Masuaku will be lining up on the left-hand side. Mark Noble will have to bring the zest and passion into the midfield, something they have been missing this season. Obiang will take up a more central role while Lanzini might have to line up in a slightly withdrawn role but still furthest of the 3. He will have to add a bit of creativity from the otherwise, defensive midfield. The Hammers need Antonio to be fit in time and take his spot on the right side of the midfield.

ATTACK

In the absence of Sakho, Payet and Andre Ayew might start with Carroll providing potent depth from the bench.

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