Carling Cup: Arsenal v Liverpool
Arsenal face Liverpool tonight in the Carling Cup, a competition that Wenger has religiously used to give reserves, youth players and first team squad players a run-out. We have had some success over the years, reaching one final and three semi-finals, so the policy has its merits. I would like Wenger to take the competition a little more seriously and start to use more experienced players the closer got to the final.
With players coming back from injury, tonight will see a stronger starting line up than in the previous round. Fabianski will start in goals whilst all Arsenal fans will be pleased to see Nasri make his first appearance of the season. Swiss international Senderos continues his rehabilitation at the centre of defence and Gibbs will give the left side of the defence some strength and power, whilst Kerrea Gilbert Arsenal’s forgotten right-back is given another chance to show Wenger that his “problems” are past him.
In midfield we will see Ramsey pushing claim for a start, whilst the much talked about Fran Merida has another chance to show the fans and the world that he truly is a genius just waiting to be given his chance. Absent from the game will be Jack Wilshere which is a shame as he is a favourite with the crowd.
Up front Wenger will player Bendtner, hopefully as the main striker and Eduardo out on the left drifting inwards. A notable absentee is Carlos Vela, an enigma if there ever was one, what do we do with him?
Tonight wil lbe an interesting challenge for the team to see how they cope with a fairly experienced Liverpool side.