In the last Eight of this season’s version of the Carabao Cup, David Moyes’ Hammers make the trip across London to face off with Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in what promises to be a feisty Cup Derby.
Arsenal go into the tie off the back of a respectable home Premier league victory over Newcastle United, whereas, the Irons are fresh from victory on the road for this first time this campaign, at the Bet365 Stadium, balancing the scales nicely for an even matchup.
The tie is scheduled to take place tonight (Tuesday 19 December 2017) with a kick-off time of 7:45 PM and unfortunately, no Live Television Coverage available for viewing in the United Kingdom.
However, Live Radio Commentary of the affair can be found on TalkSport and BBC Radio London Sport, alternatively, if you don’t have access to either a TV or a Radio this evening, if you head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter, you can be sure to find live build-up, updates and reaction from the exciting encounter.
The visit of the Claret & Blue Army will be hosted at Arsenal’s modern Stadium of the Emirates, situated in North London, a Ground that they moved to in 2006 from Highbury Stadium, just a stones’ throw away.
With a capacity of just over 60,000, it is currently the third biggest Stadium in the Premier League, behind Old Trafford and Wembley (temporarily being used by Tottenham Hotspur), and one of the most iconic arenas in all of English Football.
Aside from the Gunners, the Emirates is also an occasional host of Brazil International Friendlies and various high-profile concerts, the record attendance was set in the winter of 2007 at 60,161, for a League clash against Manchester United.
The Irons hold a unique piece of history there, being the first team to emerge victorious at the venue, then under Alan Curbishley, tonight will be their 11th visit, having lost 3-0 last time out in April courtesy of goals from Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.
North Londoners’ Manager Wenger is expected to rest a number of his first-team players for the affair in the knowledge that his team will face off with Liverpool in the PL on Friday evening, these are expected to be the likes of Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Walcott will be among the starters, making his full return from injury, Shkodran Mustafi is fit once again but will not feature at all, a mixture of youth and experience could be fielded by the home team.
Meanwhile, visiting Boss Moyes confirmed in his Pre-Arsenal Press Conference, which MooreThanJustAClub were lucky enough to attend, that England keeper Joe Hart will return to the side in place of Adrian San-Miguel.
Midfield playmaker Manuel Lanzini will be ineligible after an FA Charge for deceiving a Match Official, while Andy Carroll could be fit in time and Winston Reid returns from suspension, many are predicting a strong away team.
The teams of West Ham United and Arsenal have met a staggering 136 times in Competition Football, a London rivalry that dates back to the very beginning of the 20th century.
Tonight’s visitors have the clear edge on the overall record, emerging victorious in 63 of those fixtures and only losing 34 of those along the way, the points have been split on 39 occasions.
The last time that these two sides met came just last week, in fact, a Top-Flight clash at the London Stadium, which finished in a 0-0 stalemate after both sides passed up superb opportunities throughout the affair.
Notable past encounters include the memorable 1980 FA Cup Final, where the Irons lifted the Trophy thanks to a Trevor Brooking header, a memorable home win for the Hammers under Alan Pardew in the 2006/2007 campaign and who could forget the incredible 3-3 draw at Upton Park in spring 2016?
Arsenal Football Club was founded in 1886 as Dial Square and then Woolwich Arsenal and since then has gone on to become one of the most recognisable teams in English Football history.
They are the winners of as many as 13 FA Cups, two League Cups and a single UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, but most impressively of all, Arsenal have lifted 13 English Top-Flight titles, their most famous one coming during the 2003/2004 campaign, when they went unbeaten for the whole season.
Club-record holders include French Legend Thierry Henry who has scored the most goals, Icons such as Tony Adams and David Seaman rank very highly in the most appearances chart, while players like Dennis Bergkamp and gave Patrick Vieira them their distinctive style.
Nowadays, under the Premier League’s current longest serving Manager in Wenger, who is now into his 21st season in charge, The North Londoners sit fifth in the Division, having reached this Round of the League Cup thanks to a late win over Norwich City in October.
Who Is Officiating?
Experienced EFL Referee and Select Group Official Kevin Friend will be the man in the middle this evening, with Stuart Burt and Mark Scholes Assisting him, and Chris Kavanagh taking up the role of Fourth Official.
So, with the Emirates Stadium scene well and truly set for a night of high-stakes Knockout Cup Football, can the hosts sail through to the semi-finals by claiming some more local bragging rights?
Or, will Moyes’ Hammers edge closer to first major silverware since 1980 with another impressive away scalp? Think you know? Head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your last-minute score predictions and join the pre-match discussion.