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Carabao Cup
Tuesday, 19th December 2017

Arsenal 1
West Ham United 0

by Staff Writer

An under-strength West Ham exited the Carabao Cup with barely a whimper at The Emirates tonight, going down to a first half Danny Welbeck strike.

The Hammers failed to produce a single shot on target in a dour London derby, in which neither side seemed particularly interested in progressing to the next stage. Arsenal were themselves little better, managing just the one effort on target - from which they managed to score.

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The goal that ensured David Moyes avoids having to face additional fixture congestion in what is already a busy January came just three minutes shy of the half time interval, a gift for Welbeck that dropped at his feet following a cross from the right.

Joe Hart, making his return to the first team whilst the in-form Adrian was rested could do little as his England team mate stuck out a foot and diverted the loose ball over the line.

At the other end, the recalled Javier Hernandez, back in place of the in-form Marko Arnautovic (rested) was a virtual passenger until he was replaced after 65 minutes by Diafra Sakho - who proved to be equally anonymous.

Fellow substitute Andy Carroll, thrown on alongside the Senegal international in place of right back Aaron Cresswell as West Ham sought an unlikely equaliser fared no better either, as Moyes reverted to a two-pronged front-line for the final third of the game.

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IN OR OUT? Hart 'trips' Welbeck, but referee Friend awards a free kick (and yellow card)

It was that kind of night for West Ham, who came to the Emirates with a similar game plan to that which earned them a deserved point in the two sides' previous encounter at the OS earlier this month.

Unfortunately, once United fell behind, perhaps undeservedly, there appeared to be little desire from the sidelines to adopt a more attacking approach as might perhaps be expected in a one-off tie such as this - a competition West Ham have never won, to boot.

To their credit, the 7,000-strong away support made this feel like a home game at times as they urged West Ham on, but their efforts were rarely matched on the pitch by the team as a whole - and it is Arsenal who go into tomorrow night's semi final draw as a result.

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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Commanded the defence well, distribution was second to none and made quite a few world class saves to keep his side afloat.

Pablo Zabaleta
Dealt with Leroy Sane really well down the left-hand side despite not being as quick and agile as his former team mate.

Arthur Masuaku
Was full of energy in the first half attacking with purpose and beating players with ease. Was relatively weak in defence in the closing stages of the match allowing crosses to be put into the box from his side.

Angelo Ogbonna
Gelled well with Aaron Cresswell and prevented City from creating many chances.

Declan Rice
Very decent in defence, not at all carried away by the occasion. Already a very mature player.

Aaron Cresswell
Played a commanding role in West Ham's relative success in defence cutting off the supply line to AgŁero.

Pedro Obiang
Kept the Man City midfield quiet and picked out some good incisive passes going forward.

Cheikhou Kouyate
Was a nuiscance for his opponents in midfield with his bulky presence.

Manuel Lanzini
West Ham's focal point going forward converting defence into attack in a flick of a switch with his agility and intelligence.

Edimilson Fernandes
Kept a very cool head in midfield.

Michail Antonio
A big threat for Man City in defence causing problems on the counter attack with his speed. Wasn't as productive when moved into a midfield role after the withdrawal of Kouyate.


Diafra Sakho
(Replaced Kouyate) Didn't pose the same threat as Antonio and was very isolated up front.

Marko Arnautovic
(Replaced Lanzini) Decent in defence and created, almost singlehandedly, the opportunity that almost put West Ham back on level terms.

Andre Ayew
(Replaced Antonio) No comments.

Nathan Trott
Did not play.

Ben Johnson
Did not play.

Domingos Quina
Did not play.

Anotnio Martinez
Did not play.

Match Facts

Referee: Kevin Friend.

Attendance: 44,741.

Man of the Match: James Collins.

West Ham United

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo, Pablo Zabaleta, Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Aaron Cresswell, Pedro Obiang, Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini, Edimilson Fernandes, Michail Antonio.

Goals: Angelo Ogbonna 44                  .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.


Ospina, Debuchy, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac, Coquelin (Dasilva 90), Elneny, Willock (Sheaf 84), Walcott, Welbeck, Giroud (Nelson 78).

Substitutes: .

Subs not used: Macey, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Nketiah.

Goals: Welbeck (42).

Booked: .

Sent Off: .

Staff Writer's Man of the Match: James Collins

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