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Who was our best player against West Ham?

We reached the Carabao Cup semi-final thanks to a 1-0 win against West Ham United on Tuesday night.

Danny Welbeck scored the game's only goal, while Joe Willock, Francis Coquelin and Calum Chambers all produced solid performances.

But who was our best player? Make sure you vote below.

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Watch Danny Welbeck’s winner against West Ham

With a spot in the Carabao Cup semi-finals at stake, Danny Welbeck was the man to come up with the goods and take us there.

Although the first half had been a slow burner, with just a few minutes remaining, Welbeck prodded in from close range to secure our place in the last four.

Click on the video above to watch our bitesize highlights.

Press conference

The latest on Giroud and Coquelin’s injuries

The downside of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup win was the injuries to Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin.

Both players limped off in the final 12 minutes and Arsene Wenger gave an update in his post-match media work.

on if Giroud’s injury is bad…
In his statement [to me], it doesn’t look very good.

on Giroud being out for the festive period…
It looks like that. We have to wait. Nowadays you do the scan 48 hours after the injury. That will happen on Thursday, then we’ll have a precise kind of grade on what his hamstring is. When you listen to him, the pain is quite big, but the grade is not always linked with the intensity of the pain.

on Coquelin…
I would say Coquelin has a chance for Friday night. Giroud definitely looks a hamstring and that’s of course disappointing, let’s hope it will not be too bad.

Post-Match Report

Arsenal 1-0 West Ham United: How it happened

WHAT HAPPENED

Danny Welbeck’s scrambled first-half winner took us into the last four of the Carabao Cup.

The England international climbed to meet Mathieu Debuchy’s header back across goal after the Frenchman was picked out by Francis Coquelin’s lofted pass.

Welbeck got his chest to the ball and then prodded it past Joe Hart from close range for his first goal in this competition since October 2009.

It was a scrappy goal but a deserved one.

Theo Walcott might have given us the lead moments before when his diving header flew wide, and we controlled the game for long spells without giving Hart too much to do.

Joe Willock started in midfield and showed plenty of neat touches, while Calum Chambers and Rob Holding were rock solid at the back.

There was one regret - Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin both limped off in the second half.

But we’re 180 minutes from Wembley.

HOW IT HAPPENED

See how the match unfolded and get some standout stats with our play-by-play commentary

WHAT IT MEANS

This win takes us into a two-legged semi-final in January. The draw for the last four takes place on Wednesday.

WHAT’S NEXT

We’re back in Premier League action on Friday night when Liverpool visit Emirates Stadium for our last home game of 2017.

Then we round off the year with back-to-back away trips - to Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.

CAPTAIN WALCOTT

Theo Walcott captained the side on Tuesday and he was at the centre of most of our best moments in the first half. These were his highlights:

17 secs - A slick move involving Debuchy and Giroud sends Walcott clear down the right, but his lofted cross is claimed by Hart

20 mins - Walcott dashes inside from the right flank to meet a Giroud knockdown, but this time Collins clears

22 mins - Walcott shows his tenacity, charging back to go shoulder to shoulder with Masuaku and winning the ball back

28 mins - Walcott drops a shoulder to make space for a cross but it’s headed away

39 mins - A glorious cross from Kolasinac finds Walcott in space inside the box. He opts for a diving header but powers it wide of the far post

Press conference

'We played with spirit… we looked very solid’

When we look back on the highlights of the 2017/18 season, our Carabao Cup quarter-final win over West Ham won’t feature on the highlights reel.

But in terms of getting the job done, Arsene Wenger had no complaints.

He thought the team were solid at the back and spirited enough further forward to warrant our 1-0 win. Here’s how he summed up the game in his post-match press conference:

on the game…
I felt we played with quality, spirit and pace in the first half. Overall over the 90 minutes we looked very solid defensively. We were not tested at the back too much, tested but not in danger. In the second half we lost a little bit the pace we played with in the first half and were less creative, and then couldn’t finish the game off. It was down to not making a mistake. Overall I think it’s a positive night for us apart from the fact that we lost Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin, who looks less problematic. Giroud looks to be out for Friday night.

on if the game could have been more intense…
I think it was intense but they defended very well and didn’t want to give us any space. In the first half we were patient and kept the ball well on the ground. We created some dangerous situations. In the second half it was much more difficult for us because we lost some of the pace in our game.

on Welbeck playing well…
Yeah, he scored and that will be good for him. He lasted 90 minutes, so overall it’s positive.

on his approach regarding team selection in League Cup…
When you look at our fixtures in January and February, you cannot imagine we will always play with the same players in every game. Will I change from Premier League game to Premier League or only in the Carabao Cup? I don’t know yet - I have to look at the fixtures to see what I do.

on having 10 games in 36 days…
It is very demanding, especially because we already have a tough schedule behind us. We have to sit down and analyse very well what we can do. What is very worrying in my job is when you start to lose players, like Giroud tonight. After, you cannot afford to lose another one. I have to look how I can manage the schedule.

on if this will put more schedule on players like Lacazette…
It puts more pressure on the rest of the squad when you have injuries. I still have Walcott, Welbeck, Alexis who can play up front. That’s a possibility.

Interview

Chambers and Holding - a rock-solid partnership

Danny Welbeck scored the vital goal on Tuesday night but it was arguably Calum Chambers and Rob Holding who held us together.

Their centre-back partnership was rock solid against a West Ham attack that first featured the trickiness of Javier Hernandez and then the aggression of Andy Carroll.

“It’s very good when you have that quality at that age,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com. “When you give them this kind of opposition and it gives them credit and makes everybody think there is something there that you can work with to reinforce that quality.

“Chambers is very comfortable [at centre back], he is calm on the ball, he wants the ball and Rob as well. Both of them have done that very well, when you look the ball is played out from the back and they both have that quality.

“Overall I must say we played with excellent spirit, great quality as well, and maintained the pace in the game for 90 minutes, but I have a big respect for this team because they managed to get through this game without giving a chance to West Ham at all.”

Interview

‘We had to stand up to the fight and match them’

Rob Holding was one of our standout performers in the Carabao Cup win over West Ham United on Tuesday night.

After the game he spoke exclusively to Arsenal.com. Here’s what he said:

on the performance…
I think we knew we had space down the wides with them playing five at the back with the two on one down the sides, so that was sort of [about] switching it as fast as we could and then find the holes, which we did eventually find. We managed to sneak a goal and then we knew they’d go long ball with Andy Carroll coming on, so we knew it would be tough and we just had to stand up to the fight and match them.

on the his performance at the back…
Yes, definitely [happy]. We kept a clean sheet and that’s the main thing for us as defenders and I didn’t really remember them having a shot and testing Ospina, so it’s a positive to take out.

Rob Holding made seven clearances against West Ham

Rob Holding made seven clearances against West Ham

on whether it is difficult getting into the game…
A little bit, you could say that, we train with the team that is going in the Premier League, so we keep at it in the cups and we’ve proved ourselves I think in the last couple of months in the cups and progressed. It’s decent to get into the semi-finals and hopefully we can get to the final.

on Joe Willock…
I think all the young lads, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, Eddie [Nketiah], Josh Dasilva and Ben [Sheaf] came on, they all put it in during training and they’ve got some ability so it helps and they fit in.

on winning the competition…
I want to win as many trophies as I can in my career, so to get to the final and have another chance of winning one is perfect.

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