Posted by: on Oct 25, 2011 | No Comments
After Sunday’s victory over Stoke City RFC, it is now six straight home wins, and six wins from our last seven games in all competitions. What crisis?


So we now pick up from Sunday, and turn our attention to Tuesday’s Carling Cup tie at home to Bolton, which I expect to be another viewing of our talented ‘Young Guns’. Although we are facing Premiership opposition this time, I still imagine Wenger will field a heavily weakened side, especially as we are away at Chelsea this weekend. Obviously we want to continue to progress in the cup, but I find it exciting when we rotate. We have beaten several strong sides in recent seasons with a fully changed team so there is no reason why tomorrow night should be any different.


I expect Wenger to hand starts to some youngsters including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ignasi Miquel, Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin, but also some fringe squad players such as Sebastian Squillaci, Lukasz Fabianski and Yossi Benayoun. I also hope Ju Young Park and Ryo Miyaichi play a big part in the game as I really want to see a bit more of these two.


Judging my today’s pictures of the team training, and also the squad from the 3rdRound tie vs. minnows Shrewsbury Town, Nico Yennaris and Daniel Boateng may also make their debuts. Both were unused subs in the last round, and both can operate in the right-back role, a position we are very short in due to Sagna and Jenkinson being injured. Yennaris is usually a centre-midfielder, and Boateng prefers to play as a centre-back, so surely one of these will step in to the vacant role.


On a bright note, Thomas Vermaelen was pictured training meaning he may be included in the bench and possibly be hand a 20min appearance if all is going well… Or bad.


Not 100% sure on the squad yet, but there are handful of unfamiliar faces training with the first-team today so expect a few new names on the bench. Notable reserves/youths I haven’t mentioned that look likely to be included are Sanchez Watt, Oguzhan Ozyakup and Luke Freeman. Not knowing the squad makes a likely line-up near impossible, but below you will find my guess!


       Yennaris  Squillaci        Miquel  Meade
                     Frimpong        Rosicky
  Chamberlain                                 Benayoun


Totally expect Rosicky to start and captain the side, although he did pick up a knock a couple of weeks ago. This could lead to Benayoun being tucked inside, and the either Ryo or Watt could start wide. Unlikely Wenger would throw Ozyakup in from the start with the inexperienced pairing of Coquelin and Frimpong, although he did impress on his last outing. Looking forward to another exciting Arsenal performance, and fingers crossed I find a stream.


Written by Ross Moore