It’s fair to say that the Carabao Cup is a long way down the list of priorities for Arsenal fans this season.
With the Gunners sitting top of the Premier League, the League Cup feels less relevant than ever. However, Mikel Arteta insists that while it’s chance to give a chance to some players to show their stuff, he’ll still pick what he calls a ‘competitive’ team.
Speaking to the official website, the Arsenal boss said, “We’re going to pick a very competitive team. I think everyone deserves chances, and we’ll make some changes with judgement in relation to the load of the players, but we’ll play to win.
“The ones that haven’t played want to have their chance, and feel that they are contributing to the team.
“The positive thing is that everybody has played games and everyone has been important. We have two games to go, and the focus has to be there because we know that afterwards we have a big break.
“It is a different competition but the purpose is the same, to play as good as we can, win the game and go into the next round.
“You know there are no second chances and we’ll take it very seriously.”
Nevertheless, players like Matt Turner, Cedric, Rob Holding, Mohamed Elneny, Fabio Vieira and Eddie Nketiah could all feature tomorrow night – and perhaps we might see a Hale End graduate or two on the bench to maintain the tradition of providing opportunities to young players in this competition.