Its been a turbulent start to the season for the Gunners to say the least, pressure on Wenger to win something is mounting more and more after failing to win the Carling Cup final last year to an awful mixup between Koscielny and Szczesny sent the Gunners on a downward spiral.
The game represents the only Premier League vs League Two match in the whole round, with Shrewsbury beating Derby and Swansea in their impressive Carling Cup run, and they will be looking to cause even more stress for Wenger on Tuesday
Wenger and his squad will be looking to turn their season around any day now, and will look at this home fixture to get back on track and start stringing some wins together. Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi should get his first competitive Arsenal debut, while Oxlade-Chamberlain should also find himself in the starting lineup. Chu Young Park may also make his debut after finally gaining match fitness, and some experience on home soil will be useful for the South Korean international. Wenger will look to include some experience too, as he will not take this fixture lightly.
The largely unknown Shrewsbury Town have had an impressive Carling Cup run so far, with an opening round victory over Derby County, with two goals from Marvin Morgan, and then beating Premier League newbies Swansea 3-1 with Morgan on the score sheet once again. Shrewsbury will field a strong side to try and achieve yet another upset, although they are without striker Terry Gornell due to suspension.
Shrewsbury Town’s top scorer Marvin Morgan (seven goals), has more goals than Arsenal have scored so far in their Premier League season (six), and the League Two outfit have been so close to promotion in recent years, suffering two Wembley defeats in the play-off finals.
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This will not be a walk over, and the last thing Wenger needs is a repeat of the Leyton Orient FA Cup match again, Shrewsbury will be up for it, with a large amount of loud fans expected to make their way to North London.
Arsenal 3 Shrewsbury Town 0
On sticking to his youth policy:
“I will be faithful to our policy but I will try to find a good mixture between youth and experience,”
“You will see the likes of Ryo and Oxlade-Chamberlain. You should be excited about Oxlade-Chamberlain because he is a great talent. My target is to develop him so he confirms the expectation I have for him.”
On the new-look defences performance against Blackburn:
“Andre Santos and Per Mertesacker are new, but they were not especially guilty on the goals. But maybe as a unit we need more time to work.
“A lack of concentration, a lack of communication, a lack of coordination and individual urgency [is behind the goals we have conceded].
“When you score an own goal, you have to look at yourself. It is never completely out of your reach where you have no chance at all. All the rest, you have to look at yourself.”
On the continued support of the Arsenal faithful:
“Again on Saturday in Blackburn there were thousands of Arsenal fans and they were fantastic. We need to be united and I am very grateful for their attitude on Saturday. They were absolutely fantastic. The team has a good spirit, a good mentality, a good attitude and that will come out longer term. We have had a bad start but I believe we can bounce back and be very strong this season.”
Arsenal – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain– The young Englishman will get his first competitive start for the Gunners this Tuesday and will be looking to torment the Shrewsbury defence with his pace and skill, and impress Wenger to push his way into the Arsenal lineup.
Shrewsbury – Marvin Morgan- Morgan has been deadly for Shrewsbury Town this season, netting three times in their Carling Cup run so far, and is their leading scorer in the League (four). He will be their danger man again at the Emirates this Tuesday.
Jenkinson Djourou (c) Miquel Santos
Park Chamakh Miyachi
Wenger will combine youth and experience, and will utilize some players that have not received much game time such as Djourou and Chamakh. Wenger is expected to give first competitive starts to Miyachi and Oxlade-Chamberlain, and give Frimpong and Fabianski some match time after falling down the pecking order.
Miquel should become a Carling Cup regular after his impressive performances in the first team this season and in the Carling Cup last, and the Spaniard should be joined by fellow youngster Jenkinson in defence.
Santos still needs game time to improve and adapt to Arsenals play, so don’t be surprised if his name is on the team sheet.