Arsenal likely to field strong attacking line-up against Coventry


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is likely to field a strong attacking line-up for tonight’s Capital One Cup third round clash against Coventry City, with the likes of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andrey Arshavin all expected to play.

The Gunners team, captained by Swiss defender Johan Djourou, sees several fringe first team players start alongside youngsters Damien Martinez, Martin Angha, Ignasi Miquel and Nico Yennaris, while French striker Giroud will also be hoping to break his goalscoring duck for the club.

Conor Henderson is inelgible for Mark Robin’s side after joining them on loan from Emirates Stadium last week, while Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong will be on the substitutes bench following his return from injury.

Coventry currently sit third from bottom in League One and haven’t had the best of starts, earning a measly three points in their first eight league matches with a goal difference of -8.

However, they do have danger men in striker David McGoldrick (on loan from Nottingham Forest) and midfielder Carl Baker who could cause a weakened Arsenal defence problems.

Probable Arsenal XI: Martinez (GK), Angha, Djourou (c), Miquel, Santos, Coquelin, Yennaris, Arshavin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Giroud.


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