West Ham confirmed XI v Arsenal: Five changes made
David Moyes has named his lineup as the Scot’s West Ham side look to bolster their chances of Europe League qualification against Arsenal.
He has made five changes to the side which was beaten 2-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt at the London Stadium in midweek, as confirmed on the club’s official Twitter account prior to kick-off.
Lukasz Fabianski, fringe player Ryan Fredericks, Vladimir Coufal, Mark Noble and Said Benrahma have all come in for today’s game against the Gunners who hold European aspirations of their own.
Even with all the excitement around their European exploits, West Ham could still do with a positive result from this one.
They currently sit seventh in a Europa Conference League spot and whilst that wouldn’t be a disaster, it would be quite a disappointing way to finish a campaign which could still bring Champions League football next season.
A win here would see the Irons leapfrog Manchester United into the second and final Europa League spot with the same amount of games played, putting them in the driving seat heading into the final few rounds of fixtures.
Arteta’s Gunners are desperate for a good result as they look to return to the Champions League, particularly as they are fighting against bitter rivals Tottenham to claim the last spot for participation in Europe’s elite competition.
With both sides desperately wanting the points, everything is set up for this to be a pulsating London derby.
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