Moyes admits injuries and “looks to get back on track”


Moyes admits injuries

West Ham boss David Moyes has admitted the team may be without one or two players against Arsenal through injury tomorrow night.

As is usually the case with David Moyes he is refusing to name them but says they are as a result of the weekend game against Everton.

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Moyes: Behind the scenes, we’ve got a couple of injuries 

Like the rest of us he is of course looking for a vastly improved performance on what we have seen over the last three games as the Hammers bid for what most would see as an unlikely victory.

One thing is for sure, they will even need to be a lot better than they were against Lincoln City in the last Carabao Cup match where they were fortunate to snatch a 1-0 victory in a game where they were again second best.

The match looks certain to see the return of Declan Rice according to his manager Mikel Arteta as he is fit and ready for his first ever game against us.

Moyes told the pre-match presser: “Behind the scenes, we’ve got a couple of injuries which we are having to deal with at the moment. They’re from the game at the weekend.

I won’t say too much at the moment. We’ve just got a couple of knocks and there’s one or two who could maybe be missing.

Lucas Paquetá and Edson Álvarez getting yellow cards against Everton is also a factor, because  we cannot use them at the weekend against Brentford.

I’m disappointed that we’re in that situation, with a couple of players booked and suspended, but that’s the way the league has gone this year with a lot of bookings.

 Moyes: We want to get back on track

We can’t deny we had a bad week. We had some good results from some hard early games, and we also made a good start in the Europa League . Last week was difficult but we want to get back on track and move on from the bad results.

Most Premier League managers would consider the order of priority to be the Premier League, Europe and Carabao Cup. But every cup competition is an opportunity.

Arsenal have had great players over the years and it’s always been a tough task. Last time against Arsenal, we came back from two goals down to draw with them.

I know Mikel Arteta well and I want him to do well, but my job is to try to win, and get results, and we’ll try to do that again in this cup.”

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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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