On paper, tonights Caraboa Cup game against Doncaster Rovers looks like a piece of cake for even a second-string Arsenal side, especially with players like Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott in the team.
All Arsenal fans that were watching Reiss Nelson in the Gunners tour of Australia and China couldn’t have failed to be impressed by his silky skills, which I highlighted in a video at the beginning of the season, but for our new 52m GBP signing Alexandre Lacazette to have been just as impressed is high praise indeed.
Arsenal are gearing up to take on Doncaster this evening in the Caraboa Cup at the Emirates and it looks like we will be seeing the first starts of the season for both Calum Chambers and Jack Wilshere, but Mesut Ozil is still not ready to come back into the squad. When asked about the German yesterday, Wenger said: “Mesut is training again, but for tomorrow no [he will not feature]. He has a little inflammation of his knee.”
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Arsenal vs Doncaster Preview by Jon
A disciplined performance against Chelsea on Sunday gave many Arsenal fans optimism moving forward. Wenger’s men mark themselves as the only side to prevent Conte’s Chelsea from scoring at home since his arrival in April 2016. More importantly, Arsenal finally succeeded in stopping the rot against their London rivals at the Bridge after five successive defeats.
Am I the only one that gets bored stiff with commenters coming on to JustArsenal to just bash Arsene Wenger while completely ignoring the subject of the article? Did anyone notice that last summer Wenger was given a two-year extension to his contract, and no matter how much you protest or write @WengerOut in the comments it will have no effect whatsoever.
Arsenal are preparing for the visit of lowly Doncaster Rovers in the Caraboa Cup tomorrow night, and it should be an easy win with Donny just one point above the League One relegation zone with just one win in their first 8 games. But a Cup game is a Cup game and as we know, anything can happen.
Arsenal’s second-string side got past Cologne in the Europa League last week, and if anything this Caraboa Cup game at home to Doncaster should be even easier. Cologne may have lost their opening four games in the Bundesliga, but Doncaster are two tiers below us in League One and have won just one game out of their opening eight League games. They did manage to beat Hull City in the last round of this competition but since then they have gone six games without a win. So surely Arsenal can field a much weaker team than even played last week.