David Moyes has confirmed that Joe Hart will start the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Arsenal.
The England goalkeeper has missed West Ham United’s last four Premier League matches, with Moyes preferring Adrian, but the Scot says Hart will be given a chance to impress at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening.
“Joe Hart will definitely start at the Emirates,” he told reporters at his pre-match press conference at Rush Green. “I’ve said all along that we have two really good goalkeepers and the two of them have been excellent.
“Adrian has had some really good performances and everyone knows of Joe’s experience and the level of games he’s played in.
“Joe has been very good around the place and he’s ready to play.”
I’ve said all along that we have two really good goalkeepers and the two of them have been excellent
West Ham go into Tuesday’s tie full of confidence after keeping three clean sheets in succession in the process of picking up seven points out of nine in the Premier League.
The Hammers defeated champions Chelsea 1-0 and held Arsenal to a goalless draw at London Stadium before going to Stoke City and winning 3-0 on Saturday.
With another home game against Newcastle United to come on Saturday, Moyes admitted he would like to rotate his squad, but Manuel Lanzini’s FA charge for diving injuries to Jose Fonte, Sam Byram, Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes mean his options are somewhat limited.
However, Winston Reid is available again after a one-match ban and Andy Carroll could be fit again after missing the trip to Stoke with a back problem.
“We’ve got the same sort of squad available as we had for the game at Stoke, with a couple of injuries and a couple of young players too. We won’t be a million miles away from the squad that has been available for most of our recent games.
“Andy Carroll ought to be back. He’s done a bit of training on Monday and he’s had a bad back, so we’ll make a call on that on Tuesday. There will be some players we do play and some players we don’t play, just like every game.
“Ideally, we would make some changes, if we had the players but we’re very short at the moment with injuries. I would like to make one or two changes as our priority is to get away from the bottom end of the Premier League, but nothing would give me more pleasure than getting to a cup final.
“I go into every game I manage wanting to win and I’ll try to win our Carabao Cup quarter-final on Tuesday night.”