Arsene Wenger will not put his strongest possible Arsenal side out tonight against Bradford in the Capital One cup, but there will be a good few first teamers involved, and the players will know that they cannot afford to take the League two side lightly if we are to progress to the semi-final stage.
Not only are Bradford on a good run of form in the league, they knocked out Premier league side Wigan in the last round at the DW stadium in Wigan. This time they have home advantage and will undoubtedly see this as the biggest game the club has had in years.
The young German midfielder Thomas Eisfeld is likely to be one of the reserve players to start the game tonight, and knows that anything can happen in these games if you underestimate the opposition.
“In Germany we say that cup games have their own rules because anyone can beat anyone.
“At the moment, I’m very happy. I don’t know what the coaches think. Of course I hope I get the chance to play in the game, it would make me really pleased.”
Young players like Eisfeld, Jernade Meade, Coquelin and Gnabry will not take any game lightly and are desperate to impress Wenger and the Arsenal fans, so it is a good idea to mix them in with the more experienced players tonight. In 22-year old Nahki Wells, Bradford have their own up and coming star. Now in his second season with the Bantams, the Bermudian striker already has 14 goals and will need to be kept quiet by the Arsenal defence.
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