Arsene Wenger will field a strong side against Bradford City on Tuesday evening, with the Gunners afforded a rest with their next match not until Monday.
Usually the Capital One Cup is the competition for a youthful Arsenal side to test their talents and provide experience for the younger generation, however with a 7 year trophy drought pilling on the pressure, Wenger will go out guns blazing.
Theo Walcott will not be returning from his calf injury, while Olivier Giroud suffered a back injury at the weekend meaning either Gervinho or Chamakh will start up front.
Wenger revealed the following team news ahead of the Cup clash with the League Two side:
[on the team news] The only new player who is not available is Olivier Giroud. He got a kick on his back on Saturday. He has not recovered and he will be out.
[on the squad to face Bradford] We will have an experienced squad at Bradford. We have a good recovery time ahead of the game at Reading on Monday. So we can use the players we want to use.
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[on the players out] Theo is still out. Along with Diaby, Santos, Koscielny.
[on Vito Mannone] He is back in the squad.
[on injuries to the younger players] Nico Yennaris has a back problem and Ignasi Miguel has a thigh problem.
Wenger has some tough decisions to make in the midfield with the likes of Cazorla, Wilshere and Arteta playing numerous fixtures recently. However Wilshere will be the most likely to be rested with both Rosicky and Ramsey possible replacements.
Upfront Chamakh should get the nod after a decent first half against Olympiacos last week. Gervinho is still touch and go upfront, his first touch is often awful so Chamakh’s ability to hold up the ball well and his aerial prowess makes him a better option as the loan forward.
Defensively the team will remain relatively unchanged, with Jenkinson the only likely player to come in for the fragile Bacary Sagna who had a knock while playing on the weekend.
It is a blow for the injured Miguel as the talented Spanish defender would have been involved in the squad this week and would have started against the Greeks last week. He has been linked with a permanent move away from the Gunners, but he must be kept at all costs. Perhaps a loan move to a lower Premier League side would suit the reserve team captain.