West Ham boss David Moyes needs to be brave and start Josh Cullen in the middle of the park alongside Tomas Soucek against Arsenal at the Emirates today.

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Gunners manager Mikel Arteta usually lines up with a 3-4-3 formation. And we should match our London rivals.

Playing Cullen, 24, in central midfield would allow us to drop Declan Rice back into a defensive three alongside Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop.

Arthur Masuaku and Ryan Fredericks could operate as wing-backs, with Sebastien Haller, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio or Felipe Anderson all being utilised in a three-pronged attack.

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Cullen has really impressed when playing for us since returning to the London Stadium from a loan spell with Charlton.

The 24-year-old is a very reliable customer, and his mobility and vision in the middle of the park provides us with a completely different dimension to our play in midfield.


Cullen could be key to beating Arsenal

Arsenal will be a very tough test tonight. Even if we play well, we may not have enough to win, as proved to be the case at the Emirates back in March.

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Josh Cullen (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

But David Moyes must give us the best chance to succeed. Setting up in a 4-5-1 will just invite the Gunners on to us. We will quite simply have no chance of winning the game.

West Ham need to play Arsenal at their own game. And having Cullen in the middle of the park will help us control the tempo of the game.

In 34 Championship outings for Charlton last season, the 24-year-old averaged 44.9 passes per game and recorded a superb completion rate of 82.8% (Who Scored).

Starting Cullen at the Emirates will be a brave call from Moyes, but one that could yield great dividends come 9:45 tonight.

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