Match Preview: Arsenal v Wigan Athletic (Carling Cup)

Manager Arsene Wenger has always relished these opportunities to be able to showcase what Arsenal fans can expect to see in the future – and he’s set to see his young guns on display later tonight.

In the last round of this competition, Arsenal fielded a team with an average of just 19 and they were magnificent, winning 6-0 against Sheffield United, playing in a way that was sublime and extraordinary, Wigan can expect more of the same.

Emmanuel Adebayor (ankle) and Robin van Persie (suspended) are not available while goalkeeper Manuel Almunia took a kick to the head against Manchester United at the weekend and iswill of course be rested.

Jack Wilshere, Aaaron Ramsey and Amaury Bischoff are all included in the squad for the visit of Steve Bruce’s side.

Predicted Starting XI

Hoyte – Song – Djourou – Gibbs
Wilshere – Randall – Ramsey – Merida
Simpson – Vela

Wigan striker Henri Camara is set for only his second start of the season in Tuesday night’s Carling Cup clash.

Emile Heskey suffered a hamstring strain in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Stoke, giving Camara the chance to add to his three goals in the competition so far this term.

Latics manager Steve Bruce is giving the cup competitions high priority this season and may resist the temptation to make widespread changes, although the likes of Paul Scharner, Michael Brown, Kevin Kilbane and Daniel de Ridder are all pushing for recalls.

Match Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Wigan

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T Kahsai
T Kahsai
12 years ago

I am always amazed on how Arsen Wenger compiled his stars. It was a joy to watch on how his philisophy is being trnslated into practice. He has his belief and no symoptoms of waverings. He will succeed. The young stars will win by great margin. May be 4 – 0

12 years ago

4-0 eh… not far off buddy.

Solid display from Djourou and Song, I thought the centre back pairing tonight were utterly superb. The full backs were… decidedly average, but a clean sheet means no one’s name is put to shame.

Vela, Walcott, Ramsey, Merida and Fabianski (despite a few early hiccups) were all absolutely sublime.

Haway the kids.

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