Official Arsenal team and preview of Forest in EFL cup

We know that the Football League cup is not the highest on the list of priorities for the Arsenal manager, at least until the later rounds when the chances of winning a trophy cannot be ignored, but Arsene Wenger will still want to get through our first game in the competition away to Nottingham Forest tonight.

With a big squad and strong competition for places these4 games and the easier ones in the Champions League and later in the FA cup give the boss a great opportunity to give some much needed game time to the fringe players and the ones trying to break into the team from the academy, as you can see from the starting line-up.

Martinez
Maitland-Niles, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs
Elneny, Xhaka
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom
Lucas

Subs: Macey, Bielik, Sheaf, Mavididi, Willock, Zelalem, Dasilva.

There are some first team players in there but a look at the subs bench tells you that Wenger is not willing to risk the fitness of his key players, so we have to hope that the likes of Gibbs, Xhaka and the Ox are determined to show that they should be playing more.

But perhaps the fact that our former striker Nicklas Bendtner has joined Forest and is likely to be out to prove a point will turn out to be a key factor, especially against the makeshift Arsenal defence. How do you see this one going Gooners?

Bob.

Tags Bendtner Lucas ox Xhaka

52 Comments

  1. Roe-hahn says:

    Except for Maitland Niles and Xhaka i almost guessed our starting line up.

    Excited to see our young guns and also for Perez starting upfront. Hope we win and go through so we can see more of the youngsters in action. COYG !!!

    1. karansagar says:

      I expected Debuchy to start instead of Niles, is he still injured?

  2. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Good combination of youth and experience
    Hope we win
    Come on you Gunners

  3. samtz says:

    By the way, where is Sanogo?? He is not in injury list neither in subs! Some deadwoods surely need to go, they are picking huge salaries for nothing!

  4. Zimbo gunner says:

    Why is ospina not playing?

    1. frazier says:

      he’s probably for uefa and fa cup games

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        No he booked today off as annual leave.

  5. Big G says:

    Elneny and Xhaka in front of the back four should give them some protection but having Bendtner againster will be a good test also, he may be the best striker in the world but he can still put himself about and get up well for crosses, that said we should still be to strong for Forest to overcome us.

  6. lefty says:

    It’s time to see what the future holds for arsenal let the kids prove they are worthy wearing the shirt. It won’t be easy but 1-3 win coyg

  7. frazier says:

    hope reine-adelaide doesn’t do a zelalem for us, shows promise and can hopefully live up to it.

  8. arsenal_canada says:

    Perez hatrick anyone?

  9. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Maitland Niles is a RB? I thought he’s a winger?

  10. Gaurav says:

    btw what happened to debuchy..??

  11. synthiagoCazorla..HUMVN,Machine says:

    I AM PUMPED!!!!

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Have you by any chance been doing the rari workout?

      1. muffdiver says:

        not alot of lethal bizzle an tempa t fans here

        1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

          Ironic really considering his cousin played for AFC

  12. DennisTheMenace says:

    any streaming link for the match?

  13. Twig says:

    I hope we haven’t made one change too many. No experience to come off the bench if something goes wrong. Wenger knows best!

  14. Tidan2 says:

    Ox has been horrendous so far; he has literally lost the ball almost every time it has come to him so far…

  15. ras911 says:

    XHAKHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa

  16. ras911 says:

    Another oneeee!!!

  17. Tidan2 says:

    NO WAY, XHAKA JUST DID A HULL IN THE MATCH RIGHT AFTER!!!!!!!!!

  18. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    BLIMEY XHAKA!!!!!

  19. Ugabooga says:

    Wow Xhaka another

  20. Ugabooga says:

    Hope Wenger goes not bench him for that

  21. Charlie Nick says:

    He shoots…he scores…Granit Xhaka!

    1. Ugabooga says:

      Kinda like a Poldolski left foot hey

  22. Ugabooga says:

    Lol Gibbs, this is why Monreal has no competition.

    Gibbs will forever be a backup, when Monreal leaves we will need another 1st team Lb.

  23. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Lansbury what a c***, I hope Gabriel breaks his legs

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @J McLovin
      Dude is hatin big time…Tryin to take the legs off our guys. Guess thats why he never made the grade at AFC.

  24. Mo1 says:

    Any streams ???

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @Mo1
      batmanstream.com
      firstrow.eu
      Enjoy Gooner…

    2. Ugabooga says:

      Try total sported.com

      Good quality

      1. Ugabooga says:

        Totalsportek.com

        Busy watching atm

        1. jonm says:

          Thankyou for link, worked well for me, no registering required.

  25. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    LOL, I’m beginning to think even I can shoot better than OX

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Lets see Lucas taking pen

  26. Ugabooga says:

    Good ball Perez

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Hopefully first of many

  27. ras911 says:

    Get in there Perezzz

  28. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    LUCAAAAAS

  29. Ugabooga says:

    Lol commentators do not like this Lansbery dude

  30. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    WHAT A GOAL!!!!

    1. Ugabooga says:

      Good strength hey

  31. ras911 says:

    And again!!!

  32. Ugabooga says:

    Perez you beaut

  33. Charlie Nick says:

    Hopefully second of many…

  34. ras911 says:

    Haha class from the Arsenal fans singing Lord Bendtner’s name

  35. Charlie Nick says:

    Beauty Ox!

  36. ras911 says:

    Good finish Ox! Always shows class but inconsistency is his enemy

    1. Krish says:

      at the end he really played superb, a brilliant dribble and pass to perez and a well taken goal, but sadly you are right ^^

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