Arsenal will face West Ham United on Saturday without midfield star Lucas Torreira.
West Ham go into the game against the Gunners off the back of a morale boosting 3-1 win over Southampton last time out.
The victory lifted the Hammers out of the relegation zone. And they remained there on goal difference going into this weekend’s trip to the Emirates.
West Ham face indifferent Arsenal shorn of Torreira
An indifferent Arsenal side awaits them. West Ham will be without influential midfielder Tomas Soucek for the crunch match.
But Arsenal have their own issues for the game after key defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira suffered an injury in the FA Cup win over Portsmouth on Monday night (Sky Sports).
Torreira left Fratton Park on crutches. And though he later took to social media to allay concerns over any serious injury, Saturday’s game against West Ham will come too soon.
Hammers can get positive result but strike duo will be fresh
West Ham boss David Moyes will be hoping his side face the Arsenal who underwhelmed in the first half of Monday night’s fifth round tie against the League One club.
The bad news for the Hammers is that star forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were both rested meaning they will have had nine days recovery before facing Moyes’s side.
Aubameyang will be the biggest threat to West Ham. The joint Premier League top scorer was guilty of one of the misses of the season as the Gunners were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiacos last week.
West Ham fans will be keeping a keen eye on how Moyes approaches the game. In matches against Manchester City and less so Liverpool Moyes played one up front and took a more reserved approach.
How will Moyes approach Gunners crunch game?
But the shackles were off against Southampton and it showed with Sebastien Haller, Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen causing havoc.
A point at the Emirates would be a big result for West Ham who must secure four wins or three wins and three draws from their remaining 10 games to have a realistic chance of survival.
West Ham’s relegation rivals also have tough tests at the weekend.
Aston Villa and Bournemouth face wounded animals Leicester and Liverpool away respectively.
Watford, Brighton, Newcastle and Norwich are also away from home in tricky games. Watford are at Palace, Brighton go to Wolves and Newcastle travel to Southampton.
Meanwhile Norwich face a trip to Champions League chasing Sheffield United.