The lineups for Arsenal’s Capital One Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday have been announced, and unsurprisingly it’s a much changed side from the one that beat Everton over the weekend. Arsene Wenger has rested key stars like Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez – who don’t even make the bench – while giving a chance to young prospects like Glen Kamara and Alex Iwobi.
With no David Ospina, Petr Cech starts in goal yet again. It’s a relatively experienced back line, with Per Mertesacker returning after missing the clash with the Toffees to partner Calum Chambers in central defence. They are flanked by Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs, both of whom will be looking to make an impression on Wenger tonight.
Mathieu Flamini starts in midfield, with Francis Coquelin getting a well deserved break. He’ll be partnering Kamara, who has been excelling at youth level this season. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks to be playing the No.10 role, and while he doesn’t have the creativity of someone like Özil, he will offer something different with his quick feet and driving runs forward.
Olivier Giroud has kept his starting spot up front, with Wenger looking to utilise the Frenchman’s power. Theo Walcott was rested against Roberto Martinez’s side, but without the creativity of the likes of Özil and Santi Cazorla, he may struggle to have an impact on the game. Giroud is flanked by Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi, with both men looking to show they have what it takes to play a part in the first team.
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Sheffield Wednesday’s team is as follows:
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We have more than enough about us to get the better of the Owls, despite massive rotation. We still have plenty of experienced Premier League quality players in the team, and anything short of a dominant victory would be disappointing.
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Wednesday are in excellent form at the moment, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are a level above them. Giant killings are far from unheard of, but we should be more than capable of avoiding a catastrophe.