Arsenal host Southampton in their Quarter-Final match-up of the EFL Cup. After a poor month, Arsenal finally got their first win of November against Bournemouth at the weekend. Although the north London club may be feeling somewhat happier now, things won’t get much easier against a very good Southampton side.
Claude Puel has got Southampton playing very well this year and although both teams might put out weakened teams, this could still be a very tricky game for the Gunners.
So let’s have a look at who Arsene Wenger could play on Wednesday.
GK: Emiliano Martinez
Martinez started every League Cup game so far for Arsenal, expect him to once again take his place against Southampton.
RB: Carl Jenkinson
Mathieu Debuchy started ahead of Carl Jenkinson at the weekend, after the Englishman failed to impress against Man U and PSG. Wenger might go with Maitland-Niles here but it would be logical to start Jenkinson and give him some game time considering he has only recently returned from injury.
The Brazilian has not featured much so far this season. Wenger will probably rest Mustafi and Koscielny, therefore, Gabriel will probably get a run-out.
LCB: Rob Holding
This is an ideal game for Holding to continue his progression. he started the season very well but is slowly being bedded in by Wenger, expect him to start on Wednesday night.
LB: Kieran Gibbs
Gibbs has looked very solid in the few games he has started recently, Monreal, on the other hand, seems to be struggling, if Gibbs puts in another good performance on Wednesday, he could well take the place as Arsenal’s first-teram fullback. The position is very much up for grabs for Gibbs.
CDM: Francis Coquelin
Coquelin was dropped last week in favour for Elneny. The Frenchman did not have a good game against PSG nor Man U and rightly missed out at the weekend. Against a strong opponent, Coquelin should come into the rotation.
CDM: Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey came on as a late substitute on the weekend but should get the start on Wednesday night. Wenger could go for a younger alternative such as Gedion Zelalem but Arsenal may need a more experienced player to get them through a tough tie.
RW: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Theo Walcott has played a lot of games recently and rightly deserves a rest. Oxlade-Chamberlain has shown signs of recovering his form in his brief cameos, expect him to take up the right-wing spot.
The talented Frenchman has been on the bench a number of times for the first-team and will no doubt start on Wednesday. The Frenchman has a lot of talent, this could be an ideal time to show it.
LW: Alex Iwobi
After a strong start to the season, Wenger has rested Iwobi in recent weeks. The youngster has seen his form slightly drop over the last few weeks; this would be an ideal time to insert him back into the team.
ST: Lucas Perez
The Spaniard has been declared fit and has been inserted into Arsenal’s matchday squad. With Giroud, Akpom and Welbeck all injured, Arsenal don’t have too many options up front. Snachez will likely be rested on Wednesday night, thus leaving room for Perez to make his return – he plays out of necessity.
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