The League Cup is a fine tournament for using the wider squad. Players need practice: the experienced ones as well as our promising youngsters. Playing the Owls on a dark Autumn night in Sheffield is the perfect encounter for a good game of football. Both teams have nothing to lose, as this cup does not really matter to us and Sheffield Wednesday are not expected to beat us. So football is likely to win, and I reckon that is why we all like these sort of games: we get to see some of our youngsters and some of our benched favourites and they will go out to play attacking football… the Arsenal way.
The great news is that 17HT, his wife and son will all be at the game, and they have also secured a ticket for me. Sheffield is one of the very few English cities I have never been too, and meeting my favourite Bergkampesque blog friend there with his family to watch our beloved Arsenal is just fantastic. Seventeenho is not able to do a match report, so I am doing it; but I need to keep it short as I am about to start my 200 miles plus journey from the hills of Southern Scotland to the seven hills of Sheffield.
I remember Sheffield Wednesday as a very decent PL team, playing good football and finishing within the top ten regularly. It is hard to believe that the fourth largest city of England does not have a single premiership team anymore. Both United and Wednesday are now blasts from the past which in some way is a shame. I don’t know much about the current Wednesday team and have no time to do research, but I am sure we will report back on their team after we have attended the game.
Arsenal’s line-up is hard to predict of course. Wenger will mix it up as our first team players need a rest after a momentous week, and a big challenge awaits us in Swansea on Saturday.
Cech and BFG start, and Flamini and Giroud are likely to do so as well, giving us a fine and experienced spine to build the team around. Add to that Chambers, Debuchy and Gibbs in defence, who all need a game desperately, and the core of the team is a solid one. Campbell needs a game and the manager has been singing his praises, so that is another start for me. Iwobi has been impressing, and this is a good game to show us what he has got. I reckon Ox will play behind the striker and Bielik will partner Flamini in the double DM pivot. Is this a team I would pay money for to go and see? You betcha! 🙂
Arsene could start Theo instead of Giroud, but I have a feeling he will give the Englishman a proper rest till Saturday.