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.
Having said that I still expect the Gunners to put out a strong side. As Ospina is set to play all the Europa League games, Wenger could give Macey the place in this Cup. I have a feeling that Jack Wilshere will get his first start for over a year after his run out in the Cologne match as Iwobi played against Chelsea.
I also think this is the perfect chance for Reiss Nelson to get a chance to show his skills and he may play 45 minutes and swap with Alexis at half-time as the Chilean still seems to need more games to get his sharpness back. Walcott and Giroud are certain to play of course.
So here is my team….
Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal
Elneny, Wilshere, Reine-Adelaide, Maitland-Niles
Walcott, Giroud, Nelson
Surely this should be more than powerful enough to take out lowly Doncaster at the Emirates?
Who would you pick?