West Ham United team news: Predicted XI to face Arsenal – Cheikhou Kouyate to start after red card appeal?

8 Apr

On Saturday, West Ham will be hoping to put an end to a ten-year winless run against Arsenal at Upton Park. 


A home win against the Gunners last came in November 2006, when Marlon Harewood scored the only goal of the game. But, with victory in the reverse fixture at the Emirates, Slaven Bilic’s men will be quietly confident.

The Hammers were handed a mid-week boost when they successfully appealed Cheikhou Kouyate’s red card against Crystal Palace.

A win is vital if West Ham want to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive. And with Dimitri Payet in form, any thing is possible.

The French midfielder capped off a fine week on international duty with France by netting an outrageous free-kick in the Eagles draw. 

In terms of team news, Bilic has the luxury of a fully-fit squad for the early kick-off.

Defenders James Collins and Sam Byram were due to train on Friday following spells out injured, and although they are unlikely to be thrown straight back in their return means the east Londoners have an empty treatment room for a change.

Who will start for the home side? Click the arrow, above right, to see our predicted XI in squad number order.

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