Arsenal v Leeds – League Cup
Arsenal were lucky to have drawn Leeds at home for this round, and it will be the third home game in a row. We want to do well in all Cup competitions and Arteta has the sort of squad to mix it up and rest players for the big match in Leicester on Saturday. But had this been an away game, Mikel would probably be tempted to use more of his first team players.
I have a feeling there will be a lot of changes, maybe even 11/11?! I am going for 9/11 with only Tavares and Saka keeping their place. Leeds probably will make changes too, so many first team players are not needed.
This is my preferred lineup:
Al these players bar Saka need a start and they are all very good. If Kieran is fit he will play, but I don’t think he is. Key for me is that Sambi and Thomas get a rest and avoid getting injured tonight. However, one of them may be needed to get the balance right in midfield. Still, this should be a good game for Ainsley and Mo to show us all how good they are.
GK and defence should be straightforward and in attack Eddie and Martinelli should be itching for a start. Maybe Pepe starts instead of Saka but I feel we need the Englishman for better balance in attack.
Looking forward to this one.