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Should Wenger field a full-strength team against Spurs?

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will again use the Carling Cup to give the world a glimpse of the club’s future by blooding his youngsters. The competition has been used by the Frenchman in the past to educate the likes of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere on the demands of first-team football.

The Gunners’ youngsters have certainly excelled in the past but face stiff competition in the third round in the form of arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Jay-Emmanuel Thomas, Henri Lansbury, Craig Eastmond and Kieran Gibbs are just a select few who are expected to be involved in Tuesday’s tie, although Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has revealed that he could be in for a surprise start.

“With the ­injuries we have, it might be I’ll play. If the coach wants me to, I’ll do so willingly,” Chamakh told Mirror Football.

“I know what the match with Tottenham means to the players and to the fans.

“It is very important to win. I am happy to play and ready to play if I am selected. And I know it will be a tough game. Tottenham have some very good players like ­William ­Gallas, Sebastien Bassong and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.”

However, many Gooners have suggested that fielding a weakened side at White Hart Lane will play into the hands of Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, who is expected to start with a mix of fringe players and senior stars.

What kind of team do you want to see Arsenal start with on Tuesday? Should Wenger rest the first teamers and blood the new breed of young talent? Or should he field a full strength side due to the nature of the game?

Leave your views by voting in the poll and commenting in the discussion section below.

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Bala
10 years ago

Fabianski
Eboue Djourou Miquel Gibbs

Lansbury Eastmond Wilshere(Or)Rosicky

Afobe JET Vela

athlon
athlon
10 years ago

I hope, Nordtveit will play. And I think we should give up the Carling cup insted of risk to lose other players…

REDgoon
REDgoon
10 years ago

Play the reserves.

Dave (Spurs Fan)
Dave (Spurs Fan)
10 years ago

Harry wont start with his strongest line up by any means I dont think. He’s already talked about Sando and a few others getting a chance.

I dont think either team will have strong teams or be that bothered about the 1st round of the carling cup, and rightly so, there are already too many games to cope with.

VanDaManPersie
VanDaManPersie
10 years ago

Nordveit is still injured

billy
billy
10 years ago

why bother with a full squad when there is european competition a week after.. also the cup means nothing to arsenal.. so what if they get beat they have more important things to do

frankie frankie
frankie frankie
10 years ago

i think he should but he wont so i am sure we will loose. happy to get this game out of the way. and move on to the league aand champs league. Even if spuds play a weakend team it wont be as weak as ours. so spurs fans can start their gloating now and get it over and done with.

Bala
10 years ago

Nortdveit and Henderson are injured and I think we should mix it up with youth and Experience so that even if we lose it should’t be a thrashing,but I want us to win it and win it convincingly

KP
KP
10 years ago

Spurs will play their reserve team, but it’s very strong looking: –
GK Pletikosa
RB Hutton
DC Gallas or Corluka and Bassong
LB Naughton, Bale or Assou Ekotto
RM Bentley
MC Sandro and Palacios
LM Kranjcar
AC Giovani and Pavlyuchenko

Eduardo
Eduardo
10 years ago

I expect wenger will rightly keep to his policy of using subs from previous game- those that did not play long- and adding in best of reserves. So i think we will see fabianski nordtveit djourou miguel gibbs denilson lansbury eastmond eboue emmanuel-thomas vela. subs szczseny evina hoyte randall aneke afobe murphy. Aneke may get game ahead of eastmond

David
David
10 years ago

Is it me, or has the ‘qualiy’ of our league cup side diminished in the past two years or so? Look at the starting 11 that played Newcastle three years back – that team portrayed how strong the overall squad was and all the kids back then had to make do with a place on the bench. Even though the team at AW picks on Tuesday will be extremely talented, it will pale in comparison compared to previous Arsenal league cup sides if we are being honest.

Arsenalisto
Arsenalisto
10 years ago

…………Fabianski………….

Eboue Squill/Nordveit Djurou Gibbs

Rosicky Denilson Eastmond/Coquelin*

Watt/Jet Vela
Chamakh/Jet

*Eastmond has probably been turned into a defender not a CDM anymore but he still can play there, if not Coquelin.

Swagger
Swagger
10 years ago

Who cares about the carling cup. They can play coaches if they want. I won’t celebrate if we win the carling cup.

Judith Le'Strange
Judith Le'Strange
10 years ago

All the previous responses say Redknapp won’t play his strongest team, but from what I’ve seen of names brandied about it looks quite a decent team, but Wenger will only play the youngsters and unless we have a strong defence line and goalkeeper I can see us going out. We need a good striker but who have we go that’s not injured?

Goonergaz
Goonergaz
10 years ago

How could we possibly play a full strength side when that has not been available for over 3 seasons

Moiz
Moiz
10 years ago

Wenger should play this line up.
GK Wojciech Szczesny
RB Eboue
DC Djourou
DC Sebastian Squillaci
LB Gibbs
AMR Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
MC Wilshere
DMC Denilson
MC Henri Lansbury
AML Vela
FC Chamakh

Arsenalisto
Arsenalisto
10 years ago

@David: A lot of them have been promoted to first team except for Merida who left us this summer.

Mika is a goon!!
Mika is a goon!!
10 years ago

I’ll bet u goalie will be Vito manone or fabianski….

Stratty
Stratty
10 years ago

This is all a very pleasant exchange just days b4 a North London Derby. I guess it’s almost a friendly. And the article is mistaken, Harry was interviewed by Auntie on Saturday, and said that he would use it as a chance to give players who have not featured recently a chance. Sandro will be in… I presume that he has not mis-pronounced his wife’s name, and he means our recent requisition from Internacional. But if I’m mistaken, it would indicative of how seriously he is taking the game, that is to say – it’s just a kick in the… Read more »

young
young
10 years ago

The senior squad is thin on the ground,any more injuries will spell disaster for the season. The injury factor has never been covered properly,even the next season coming,an uphill struggle is expected by all but the decision maker.

lodvic
lodvic
10 years ago

Won feck all for 6 years! You should field your strongest team, bribe the ref, sort out some poisoned lunch, draw up a page of excuses, get your manager floating out some excuses now (it’s too tough, people kick us), get the old “select-O-vision” powered up after all don’t want to accidentally see some hideous thing your own players do, Fire up the stat-O-meter so the you can claim that even after losing 5-1 that the stats showed you won (in all but score line), Say a little prayer “please God, don’t let Harry pick his first team, well at… Read more »

Baruch
Baruch
10 years ago

its ok to play our second team, but not our 3rd team.
players like fabiansky, eboue, gibbs, nordviet, djourou, denilson, vela, rosicky should play. The rest should be a mixture of some young players (not more than 2) and first team players like Wilkshire, Konscheisky and perhaps chamakh.

Abhijeet Sanghvi
Abhijeet Sanghvi
10 years ago

Hey guys….we shouldn’t underestimate our team….even if we play our reserves we still have a decent chance of winning the match….remember last your our near reserve team beat a full strength liverpool and that too at anfield….

Yidinpeace
Yidinpeace
10 years ago

Very pleasantly surprised at the fact there is not one fan from either of our teams doing the age old fan blog goading of “spurs are s**t, we’ll win with kids” or “mickey mouse cup etc” or indeed the “wenger is a child botherer” stuff like in those animations with the talking bears… anyway, all pleasantries aside i just hope its a good game and whoever wins does so with no controversy. All my mates are gooners, so i’m well used to getting ribbings over the years. I just dont want another one! May the best team on the night… Read more »

Gooner!
Gooner!
10 years ago

I bet u fabianski or mannone will be in goals!!!

mr. arsenal
mr. arsenal
10 years ago

i say a mix because letting them all play in a match theyll get battered in is nt good

Rob67Spurs
Rob67Spurs
10 years ago

Yes Arse should field a strong side, 4200 Arse fans have spent good money on watching their team, it doesnt matter what the comp is we both still want to put one over the other. But I imagine with a smaller genuine 1st team squad Arse will field 5-6 1st team players mixed with 5-6 youth team players. But where Spurs will also only field 5-6 of the team starting against Wolves, we will bring in the likes of Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Hutton, Dos Santos, Kranjcar, all full internationals. It should make the difference and a comfortable Spurs win. If… Read more »

Arsenalisto
Arsenalisto
10 years ago

@Stratty: Stratty lol first of all what are you doing in the gooners blog?? & hopefully Wenger will put a mixed team just to make sure we go through so that we will stay on track on the mission of winning the Quadruple this season and to make sure that you spuds don’t get a chance in the only competition you have a chance of progressing at.

knug
knug
10 years ago

Fabianski
Eboue – Djourou – Nortveit – Gibbs
Lansbury – Eastmond – Denilson
JET – Afobe – Vela

Foggy (Tottenham)
Foggy (Tottenham)
10 years ago

All teams should take the possibility of winning silverware seriously,whether it be Premier League,Champions League or League cup,as winning breads a positive mentality which then aids your future chances of more success. For me then Arsene should if he wishes to blood his younger players at least add a sprinkling of experience through the spine of the team,just to give it that extra chance if things start to go bad and you need maturity to pick the side up. I for one look forward to seeing how Sandro adapts to his new Tottenham career and I also have a feeling… Read more »

zalp
zalp
10 years ago

no i dont think that is true, the youngsters back then were just the same as the current ones, you probably have that impression because many of those carling cup youngsters are now first team regulars which gives the impression that it was a strong team, but they were just youngsters back then!!

Yidinpeace
Yidinpeace
10 years ago

spoke too soon…

Gooner R
Gooner R
10 years ago

Bumped into a former team-mate after the braga game who is in the reserves/ u18s at arsenal (nico Yennaris) and he suggested wenger was going to play a stronger than normal team because it is a derby game

Stratty
Stratty
10 years ago

@Arsenalisto It got picked up on Newsnow Tottenham. And good effort on trying to raise the temperature, but I just can’t be arsed with the game. I think it’s going to be reserve team v reserve team. Maybe Danny Rose will get a shout?

Sam
Sam
10 years ago

Some gooners posting here need to wake up: Nortdveit is injured and Coquelin is out on loan!

I reckon this is how we’ll start:

Fabianski
Eboue-Squillaci-Djourou-Gibbs
Lansbury-Eastmond-Denilson
JET-Vela-Rosicky

Not too sure about our midfield, can’t see us winning this one.

Penancio gunner
Penancio gunner
10 years ago

Sczeszny
eboue djourou squillaci gibbs
lansbury eastmond aneke
afobe jet Vela

suvit
suvit
10 years ago

i think , AW should mix it up ………. because it is against our arch rival, so , hope he will not field the weaker team. I want to see fabianski, eboue, squillaci, any youngster, gibbs, wilshere, denilson,eastmond, vela,some promising forwards…… in arsene I trust….

rich g
rich g
10 years ago

have to laugh at the deluded gooners…this is the only competition spurs can progress in…lol, we are getting closer to u pond scum all the time, to hear u deluded idiots talk ud think arse have won the CL 3 times back to back and recently won our league, arsenal, are a club on the slide, and thats a fact

Sean
Sean
10 years ago

Fabianski

Eboue Djourou Squillaci Gibbs

Denilson Eastmond Rosicky

Lansbury Vela Emmanuel-Thomas

Bench: Mannone, Hoyte, Miquel, Randall, Aneke, Afobe, Arshavin

Arshavin for the last 15 mins! If we are getting thrashed I would also get Aneke and Afobe on just for the hell of it

Stoney
Stoney
10 years ago

Spurs will win whatever team you put out… And win convincingly.

Matt
Matt
10 years ago

Well looking at the way we gave the game up against sunderland i think we should field the strongest side possible, the way Spurs play free flowing football, bale making blinding runs down the left flank and Van Der Vaart Master class going on we will take a spanking like last season..

The Left Hand Of HENRY
The Left Hand Of HENRY
10 years ago

does anyone else h8 man citeh, united and chelsea more than spurs

bc
bc
10 years ago

Fabianski
Eboue Djourou Vermaelen Gibbs
Eastmond Song Denilson
JET Chamakh Vela

S: Mannone, Nordveit or Hoyte, Cruise, Randall, Lansbury, Aneke, Afobe

chris
chris
10 years ago

silly spuds, a miraculous win over us and they’ll be foaming at the mouth saying they off to the champions league final next..

Nicgooner
Nicgooner
10 years ago

Maybe it would be a mixed team I think that the line-up would be like this: Fabianski, eboue, squillaci, djourou, Gibbs, nasri/fabregas, denilson, wilshere, rosicky, chamakh, vela. What do you think?

Arsenalisto
Arsenalisto
10 years ago

@Stratty: Stratty I see that you know as much psychology as FAT Sam Allardyce knows lol. Anyway let’s see how Ms. Rose measures up to our young talents 🙂

Arsenalisto
Arsenalisto
10 years ago

@Foggy (Tottenham): Couldn’t agree more with the bit about taking all competitions seriously coz in the past few seasons, we have seen our team doing so great and all of the sudden they get knocked out of all competitions one after the other. Heavy defeats/exits vs light ones make a difference too, certainly the 5-1 and 4-0 in 07-08 were the reason for the league meltdown, certainly the made it really tough when added to injuries, bad luck/refs..etc.

Acton_Yid
Acton_Yid
10 years ago

I really hope Gibbs plays…he is sh*te. I remember when he played at the Lane a few seasons ago and Lennon absolutely ripped him to pieces. And no, he hasn’t improved since then ! Bring it on…whoever the Gooners field !

Bob John
10 years ago

Song must play if not suspended. Possibly at centre back. No way can Chamakh play. If he gets injured we’re completely shafted up front!

venky
venky
10 years ago

Fabianski
Eboue Djourou Nordveit Gibbs
Denilson Aneke Lansbury
Roscisky JET vela

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