No Phillips as Moyes names unchanged side


There is no room for loan signing Kalvin Phillips as the Hammers boss David Moyes names an  unchanged side for today’s clash against the Gooners.

The team will be seeking a treble over the north Londoners but remains the same as that beaten at Old Trafford 3-0 last weekend.

No Phillips as Moyes names unchanged side

Alphonse Areola starts in goal with Vladimír Coufal, captain Kurt Zouma, Nayef Aguerd and Emerson comprise the back four,

Edson Álvarez anchors the midfield, lining up alongside Tomáš Souček and James Ward-Prowse.

Nobody in the West Ham team has faced Arsenal on more occasions than Ward-Prowse. In 23 previous appearances against the Gunners, the England midfielder has tasted victory on six occasionsand has been involved in  15 goals for us following his August transfer from Southampton.

Arsenal line-up

Mohammed Kudus scored the second goal in the EFL Cup victory, and Jarrod Bowen scored one whilst making another in the EFL Cup fourth round victory in November.

Mavropanos is named among the nine substitutes alongside January signing Kalvin Phillips, former Arsenal goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański, defenders Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell, versatile young midfielder Ollie Scarles, winger Maxwel Cornet, and forwards Danny Ings and Divin Mubama.

So, with Michail Antonio and Lucas Paquetá still not ready to return from injury, the same 20 players who were named at Manchester United are named to face Arsenal this afternoon.

For Arsenal, Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior start in place of Jorginho and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Ukraine star Zinchenko and Emile Smith Rowe are absent from the visitors’ squad, while Jurrien Timber, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Jesus and Marquinhos are not involved.

West Ham United: Areola, Coufal, Johnson, Zouma ©, Aguerd, Emerson, Álvarez, Souček, Ward-Prowse, Kudus, Bowen
Subs: Fabiański (GK), Mavropanos, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Scarles, Phillips, Cornet, Ings, Mubama

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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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