Post Match Thoughts Carabao Cup Quarterfinal- Cresswell at right back, Hammers bow out

This wasn’t a very high quality game, and so we feel, doesn’t warrant as long a review as we normally do. The bottom line though- West Ham are out at the quarterfinal stage of the League Cup for the second season running, with Arsenal edging them 1-0 at the Emirates to book a semifinal clash against Chelsea. Perhaps an opportunity missed for the visitors one could say- Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made 11 changes to his side, with one eye clearly on Friday’s league clash against Liverpool.

Wenger, who played four at the back against West Ham in the league, again chose a back four, with Kolasinac, Chambers, Holding and Debuchy the chose ones. ElNeny, Coquelin and young Joe Willock were chosen in midfield, with the trio of Welbeck, Giroud and Walcott providing their attacking threat.

Joe Hart was restored in goal for West Ham, who also saw Winston Reid return from suspension to take his spot in defence. With Pablo Zabaleta rested, Aaron Cresswell, who has been a revelation on the left side of a back three, was shifted to right wing back. Youngsters Domingos Quina and Declan Rice both started in midfield as Moyes rang in the changes as well.

Arsenal WHU

Walcott, who was Arsenal captain for this fixture, had a brilliant chance in the first half that he wasted. Unmarked in the box, with plenty of time and space at his disposal, the forward headed wide. However Arsenal did take the lead, with Welbeck getting in between the Hammers backline to convert Debuchy’s cross on 42 minutes.

The likes of Carroll, Arnautovic and Sakho were all sent on by Moyes after the interval, but to no real avail, with West Ham not managing a single shot on target or even a corner during the game. Arsenal on the other hand lost Olivier Giroud to injury, with Francis Coquelin also limping out of the game at the death.

This will be Arsenal’s first League Cup semifinal since 2011. For West Ham, the focus shifts back to the league and staying up, with Newcastle their next opponents.

Arsenal 1-0 West Ham (Welbeck 42′)

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