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Arsenal face a tricky trip to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup tonight.
We booked our place in the next round after a memorable 2-1 victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane where Mathieu Flamini was the unlikely hero as his volley secured a 2-1 win.
Since that game we’ve gone on an excellent run – with the exception of the Olympiakos defeat – and sit level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table after beating Everton 2-1 on Saturday.
We’re back playing some great football and are certainly in form but much of that goes out the window in cup ties such as this, especially away from home, and we have a poor record at Hillsborough as we’ve not won in our last six visits so we know it’s going to be a tough game.
Arsene is set to name a much-changed side for the game with the likes of Koscielny, Bellerin, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil and Sanchez all set to be rested.
The boss confirmed that Cech will start in goal as Ospina is still nursing a shoulder injury while Mertesacker should also start after recovering from the illness that saw him miss the Everton game.
I’d expect the likes of Debuchy, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini and Campbell to all get run-outs and we could see youngsters such as Bielik and Iwobi given a taste of the first team.
Arteta is still out with an ankle knock so he joins Wilshere, Ramsey, Welbeck and Rosicky on the treatment table.
We know there will be changes but I hope Arsene doesn’t risk any of our key players. Ideally Cech would get a rest but with Ospina injured and Szczesny and Martinez out on loan, we don’t have too many other options within going in to the academy.
Walcott is expected to start up front by I’d rather see him rested ahead of the Swansea game with Giroud starting up top.
This would be my line-up:
It’s never easy to predict cup games such as these and I do expect a tough game, but the rumours are Sheffield Wednesday will name a weakened side too so our reserves should comfortably beat their reserves.
Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Arsenal