London - Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal will get back on
track after their surprise League Cup exit when they face London rivals West
Ham on Saturday.
Wenger's side were beaten 2-0 at home by Southampton in the
quarter-finals on Tuesday, while West Ham also crashed out of the competition
with a 4-1 thrashing at Manchester United.
But while they have that unhappy experience in common the
two London clubs have had contrasting fortunes so far this season.
Arsenal have once again qualified from their Champions
League group and are in contention to challenge for a first English title since
Slaven Bilic's Hammers, on the other hand, suffered an early
Europa League exit and, in their first season with the London Stadium as their new
home, have amassed just 12 points from their first 13 league fixtures to sit
precariously above the relegation places.
Looking for a quick recovery, Wenger is confident Arsenal
will banish the memory of their Cup disappointment, which ended their 19-game
unbeaten run in all competitions.
"I don't think I can moan about the momentum in the
Premier League," he said.
"I knew that in the League Cup that could happen, but
it was more disappointing to lose the game than the run we have. We want to
keep the run in the Premier League going now."
Arsenal will have to do without Santi Cazorla however as the
Spain play-maker has been ruled out for three months by an ankle injury.
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- Massive derby -
Cazorla was injured in October but instead of a November
return that had initially been expected he will now fly to Sweden next week for
surgery on his right leg
West Ham have had injury problems of their own with Andy
Carroll missing since August with a knee injury and fellow forward Diafra Sakho
ruled out for six weeks by a hamstring problem.
Carroll scored a hat-trick in West Ham's home match with
Arsenal last season, which ended 3-3, and could return for the latest
Ashley Fletcher, the pre-season signing from Manchester
United, started against his old club on Wednesday however and his goal will
have boosted the 21-year-old's chances of keeping the shirt.
"It can only give me a lot of confidence getting my
first goal for West Ham and I go into every game thinking I can score and now I
have got my first one, hopefully many more will follow," Fletcher said.
"This is a massive London derby and every game in the
Premier League is a tough game, but we know we can give Arsenal a good game.
"I will be hoping to start again on Saturday. The
manager has got some tough decision as there is so much competition.
"I think Andy will be back on Saturday so it will be
fierce competition for places in the striking role."For
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