Kehrer, Benrahma and Paqueta return for Irons


Paqueta in training

By Hughie Southon

David Moyes has made three changes to the starting XI from their last Premier League outing as Saïd Benrahma, Thilo Kehrer and Paquetá return today.

Paquetá returns having missed the trip to Fulham a week ago, although the No11 featured from the bench in West Ham’s 1-1 draw with KAA Gent on Thursday.

Also included is Kehrer and Benrahma with  Pablo Fornals and Danny Ings dropping to the bench. Neither Angelo Ogbonna or Nayef Aguerd are not included in the matchday squad due to knocks.

Vladimír Coufal, meanwhile, is set for his 100th West Ham United appearance, while Łukasz Fabiański, who made 78 outings across seven years at Emirates Stadium, will face his former club.

Coufal, Kehrer, Zouma and Cresswell, who recorded his 100th Premier League win last weekend, is the defence that hopes to lead the Hammers to their first win over Arsenal since 2019.

Having scored his first senior West Ham goal in a 1-0 win over Arsenal in January 2019, Declan Rice starts in midfield alongside Tomáš Souček and Paquetá. The skipper, meanwhile, seeks his third Premier League goal of the season as West Ham aim to stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to three matches.

Michail Antonio will make successive starts in the league and will  be supported by Saïd Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen in attack. Bowen has eight goal contributions in the 2022/23 Premier League.

West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal, Kehrer, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice ©, Souček, Paquetá, Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma
Subs: Areola (GK), Anang (GK), Johnson, Downes, Cornet, Emerson, Fornals, Lanzini, Ings.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Hammers in the blood 1 says:

    Embarrassing 2down after 10 mins , where’s the hard work ! Moyes out now th players need to work harder COYI ⚒

  • dirk says:

    Oops!! Maybe wait before going full angry bloke mode next time?

    • Gonzo says:

      Tell you what Dirk . . . rather than trying to tailor others opinions to match your own. Why not write something about the team or management and we’ll publish it.

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