Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Wenger set to make nine changes for tonight -Ozil surprise role?

Morning Gooners.

We're back in action tonight for the third round of the League Cup. You would imagine that a lot of the first team will be rested and it will be a chance for the fringe players to show the manager what they can do.

It's intriguing to me who Arsene Wenger will pick. If we leave out the majority of those who started on Sunday against Stoke, take out the players who are injured, there aren't very many players with first team experience.

So this could be a chance for a few youth players to shine.

I would have expected Lukasz Fabianski to have started in goal tonight. But after being taken unwell at the weekend, we could see Emiliano Viviano make his debut.

In defence the manager will certainly pick Carl Jenkinson, Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal. And just because Laurent Koscielny has played more games than Per Mertesakcer, I would expect the German to be asked to play tonight.

In midfield we know that Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey will be rested. I would also doubt we'll see Mathieu Flamini, so I would expect Mikel Arteta and Emmanuel Frimpong in the deeper midfield roles.

The front three behind the striker will certainly include Serge Gnabry and Ryo Miyaichi. But this is where I see us having a huge problem, who does the manager play behind Nicklas Bendtner who looks certain to start his first game for us tonight after more than two years.

I've just got a sneaky suspicion that Mesut Ozil might start tonight. He's only played three games for us and has only once completed the whole 90 minutes. While in Spain at the start of the season he played two games for Real Madrid, but was substituted before the 70th minute in both matches. The manager has said that he needs to get up to speed with the game in England, so could tonight be the chance to up his minutes.

It would of course be a risk, but Ozil is here to play games and he could as easily get injured tonight as he could get injured in training. The easier option would probably be to play Thomas Eisfeld.

What's most important is we continue our winning run. We don't want the momentum we've built since the Villa game to stall now. And what I want to see most of all is a good performance. We know that the League Cup isn't our highest priority, but it's a trophy we could win. Let's go out and put in a good performance and hopefully we could get a win.

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