Arsenal have announced the squad for tonight’s Carling Cup game with Manchester City, and Arsene Wenger has included a good smattering of first team players.
Whether or not they all play from the start remains to be seen; the smart money would be on him having some experience and quality on the bench if needed against a team who have spent more on players in the last two years than Arsenal have in their entire existence (this may be false but it sounds good).
The squad is as follows: Andrey Arshavin – Yossi Benayoun – Marouane Chamakh – Francis Coquelin – Johan Djourou – Craig Eastmond – Lukasz Fabianski – Emmanuel Frimpong – Gervinho – Laurent Koscielny – Ju Young Park – Vito Mannone – Ignasi Miquel – Nico Yennaris – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Oguzhan Ozyakup – Sebastien Squillaci – Thomas Vermaelen
Speaking before the game, the manager admitted the Carling Cup wasn’t the priority but said we’d be out to win the game.
“Every time Arsenal are involved, it is our pride and ambition that are [at stake]. We want to qualify and we want to win the game. Therefore we will try to give absolutely everything. It is important for the whole Club to show our strength again.”
There will be full live blog coverage of the game here later on so if you can’t find a TV or a stream, or you’re stuck in work, keep up to date with live, up to the minute, text commentary.