By Alex Taylor

West Ham co-chairman David Gold believes Alvaro Arbeloa will make his first start for the club against Accrington Stanley on Wednesday.

Arbeloa, 33, joined the Hammers this summer on a free transfer and is yet to feature for Slaven Bilic’s side since his arrival.

The right-back will be making his first appearance in English football since leaving Liverpool for Real Madrid in 2009.

Gold, who has become a regular social media user in recent years, shared the news via his personal Twitter account. He said: “Could see Alvaro Arbeloa make his debut tonight.”

The defender has played 356 times throughout his career scoring eight goals and providing 20 assists.

Arbeloa has twice won the Champions League as well as picking up La Liga, Copa del Rey and Club World Cup medals.

The full-back has experienced international success with Spain too. Winning the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

The aging star will hope to impress in the fixture and earn himself a starting role in the West Ham first-team this season.

Arbeloa will have a fight on his hands to wrestle the position from regular right-back options Havard Nordtveit and Sam Byram, who currently sit above him in the pecking order at the Olympic Stadium.

In other West Ham team news, Charlie Nicholas has predicted the Hammers to beat Accrington 3-0 in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night and stated that Michail Antonio will attract attention from Premier League big guns.