Arsenal will welcome Norwich on Tuesday in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup. The Arsenal manager only doesn’t have this trophy under his kitty and will be looking to progress to the next round with a win.
Setting the Scene:
The Gunners hit the optimum of this season so far as they won their last match at Goodison, 5-2 thumping of Everton.
Norwich are also in form as they won their Championship tie against Ipswich in the Old Farm derby.
Arsenal will miss their all long term absentees like Chambers, Ospina, Welbeck and Cazorla. Wenger will opt to give his young players some game time and either Cech or Matt Macey will be the custodian. The win saw Arsenal’s star studded front three for the first time together but it is highly unlikely that Wenger will transcript that squad on Tuesday.
Giroud in action against Doncaster in the last round
Norwich boss will field a strong line up to cause an upset at the Emirates. They are currently 6th in the Championship and have the likes of Nelson Oliveira and Josh Murphy who are among goals.
Wenger’s main dilemma will be whether to give Jack Wilshere a start or not. The fans have demanded to see Jack in the starting eleven after some stupendous performance in the Europa league, but it is up to Wenger whether he will risk his injury prone player thrice in seven days. Surely some of the young players will get their chance to showcase their talent, while Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, two of Arsenal’s centurion goal scorers will start.
Wilshere has been top notch in last few games
These games been a good learning opportunity for the young talents of the Gunners and the starlets like Nelson and Mcguane will be trying to impress Wenger for a push in the bigger matches.
Arsenal line up
Norwich line up
Betting Odds: ( via bwin )
Arsenal: 1 / 4
Norwich: 35 / 4
The match can be live streamed on Youtube and www.totalsportek.com from 00.15 IST Wednesday.