We all knew that this was going to be a completely different team to the one that faced Middlesbrough at the weekend, but Wenger has really pushed the boat for this League Cup game.
So it seems that the Arsenal and France centre forward Olivier Giroud is fit again after the mystery toe injury that I for one am still a bit dubious about. For reasons of fitness, injury, form or whatever else, the big striker has yet to start a game this season, for Arsenal anyway as he did start once for his country in the September international break.
Any Arsenal fans expecting an easy ride in tonight’s fourth round EFL cup clash might want to rein in their expectations a little, according to both Arsene Wenger and the captain of Reading, Paul McShane, despite the fact that the Gunners are playing at home against lower league opposition.
With Arsenal struggling to get a point against Middlesbrough at the weekend, our League Cup opponents Reading managed a hard-fought win over Rotherham to move up to 8th place in the Championship. After these games, Tom Marshall-Bailey at Getreading.co.uk gave an analysis of how the Royals could make life difficult for the Gunners tomorrow night.
On paper this looks like a very easy fixture to give Arsenal their eighth win in a row (and Boro’s sixth defeat in a row), but, as everyone says, there is no such thing as an easy game in the Premiership!
This week’s regular View From The Enemy slot comes from the Northern Echo, and carries an interesting interview from Middlesbrough’s new under-fire manager Aitor Karanka. He has been under heavy criticism for his negative tactics up ’til now which has resulted in his team gaining just one point from their last six games, but seems to insist that he is going to the Emirates to get all three points. He certainly is brave! Well here is the article in full…..
Arsenal play host to Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria tonight in the third Champions League match-week of the group stages. The First League side come into the match with one point from their opening two matches, and could potentially join us on points with a win today.
The starting teams have been announced for today’s home tie with Swansea City, and there are no shocks from the Arsenal side.