Team News: Cheikhou Kouyate plays as makeshift defender against Arsenal

Team News: Kouyate plays as makeshift defender
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West Ham pick midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate in defence for their match with Arsenal as their injury crisis worsens.

West Ham United's long injury list means that midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has to play as an emergency centre-back in today's clash with Arsenal.

Enner Valencia misses out with a toe injury, but Alex Song has shaken off a knee problem to take his place in midfield.

Arsenal are without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who faces a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Mathieu Flamini is fit again but has to settle for a place on the bench as Francis Coquelin keeps his place in midfield following his impressive run of form.

Arsenal: Ospina; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey, Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud

West Ham United: Adrian; O'Brien, Collins, Kouyate, Cresswell; Song, Noble, Nolan, Jarvis, Downing; Sakho

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Danny Welbeck of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal after scoring his team's second goal during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on March 9, 201
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