Arsenal boss confirms these 9 players will feature against Reading

By on October 24, 2016

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he’ll make wholesale changes to his team tomorrow night and revealed the names of nine players who will feature in our EFL Cup clash with Reading.

The boss fielded a weakened side in the third round and he plans to play a similar eleven to the team that beat Nottingham Forest with several of our back-up players given a chance to impress at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

Olivier Giroud is set to make his return to action after missing over six weeks through injury – although the game will come too soon for Aaron Ramsey with the midfielder still working his way back to full fitness following a hamstring problem.

Wenger has also revealed that Gabriel and Rob Holding will start in defence with Carl Jenkinson set to make his first start of the new season after recovering from a serious knee injury.

Kieran Gibbs will captain the side at left-back while youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide will be given a rare chance in attack alongside first team regular Alex Iwobi.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also in-line to start against Reading while Lucas Perez will make just his third start for the club since joining in the summer and he’ll look to build on his brace in the previous round.

Here is what Wenger told Arsenal.com:

on Giroud and Ramsey…
I think Olivier will be included, but for Aaron it is too early although he is back in full training now.

on his squad against Reading…
It will be a similar squad to against Nottingham Forest. We will have Gabriel, Holding, Jenkinson will be back and will play. Jeff Reine-Adelaide will play, otherwise I think Iwobi, Lucas, Oxlade-Chamberlain will also play. Gibbs – who captained the team at Forest – will do it again on Tuesday.

So with Emi Martinez expected to start in goal and Mohamed Elneny likely to marshall the midfield we pretty-much know the starting eleven for tomorrow’s night’s visit of Reading.


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  2. Widson

    October 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Wenger need not to underate Reading otherwise it wil be disaster for us

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  4. paul35mm

    October 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Arsenal look like they are really rotating the squad against Reading, but despite the rotation this is a strong team with five or six players regular first teamers.

    Jenkinson, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs
    Coquelin, Elneny
    Reine-Adelaide, Chamberlain, Iwobi,

    Excited to Jenkinson and Gibbs at fullback. The central midfield should be solid, and there should be plenty of flair in the attack. It would be good for Arsenal to go deep into this competition to give the younger players more competitive matches and to keep some of the current reserves like Ox, Gibbs, Elneny, and Perez sharp.

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  6. bonaroca

    October 24, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Bonaroca:- I fully agree with this team, it will keep the senior players
    there are others who are waiting on the side lines to get into the senior
    side. One has to be honest this is quite a strong side and I expect them to
    do well Wish this team to rise to the occasion and give pleasure to those
    supporters who would be watching this fixture against Reading

  7. albacaryz

    October 25, 2016 at 5:55 am

    I wait to watch that match

  8. Sisqo

    October 25, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Welcome back Jenko

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