Two London clubs go head-to-head on today as the Carabao Cup moves into the quarter-final phase with Arsenal’s home clash against West Ham United.
Arsene Wenger’s men have found the going hard in the Premier League recently, dropping out of Champions League qualification.
And they will have to face a rejuvenated Hammers side, slowly recovering after a disastrous start to the season.
Theo Walcott has missed Arsenal’s last two outings, but could return for the quarter final after recovering from a groin injury.
Shkodran Mustafi is also on the mend but will not be risked on Tuesday, while Wenger will also have to do without Aaron Ramsey who has been ruled out with a hamstring problem.
Potential Arsenal starting XI: Ospina; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Holding, Maitland-Niles; Coquelin, Elneny; Nelson, Iwobi, Welbeck; Giroud.
With the Hammers still battling against relegation, David Moyes may well opt to rest several first-teamers at the outset of a busy festive season.
Javier Hernandez is one of the players who could benefit from rotation, especially if Manuel Lanzini sees a two-match ban for diving upheld, while Mark Noble is likely to miss out through injury.
Joe Hart is also set to start after losing his place to Adrian in recent weeks.
Potential West Ham starting XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Obiang, Masuaku; Carroll, Chicharito.