Pick your Arsenal team to take on AFC Wimbledon on Wednesday

The Arsenal first team had a very tough and demanding fixture at Burnley at the weekend, and with the North London Derby coming up next I am certain that Mikel Arteta will want to keep as much of his first team on the bench to rest as possible without making it too easy for Wimbledon.

The League One side are playing very well this season under head coach Mark Robinson, and before this weekend’s narrow defeat to high-flyers Plymouth they had won 3 games in a row, scoring 12 goals in the process. Their two previous rounds in the League Cup have ended with them winning 1-0 away from home, so they will fancy their chances if Arteta puts out a weakened team.

The boss picked a very strong line-up against West Brom kids in the last round to score an emphatic 6-0 scoreline, but surely he will make many more changes this time around.

For starters I’m fully expecting Leno will be in goal as he will have to get used to being our “Cup keeper” and I’m thinking that Cedric, Holding, Mari and Tavares will make up our back line, as many of them need game time.

And for the same reason I expect Lokonga and Maitland-Niles to play in the middle, although Xhaka may get some minutes as he hasn’t played since being sent off and recovering from Covid.

Up front I am sure that Martinelli and Lacazette will finally start the game, and probably with Balogun back in the middle to give him some more confidence. I’m not sure if Arteta would use Nketiah after he refused to leave this summer….

Who would you choose for this game?

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17 Comments

  1. OxInTheBox says:

    Xhaka is still unavailable.
    Leno
    Cedric Chambers Mari Kola
    Sambi AMN
    Martineli Patino Tavares
    Laca

    1. guy says:

      Good picks Ox – I like it.

    2. Prof.Wenger says:

      Great pick mate.

  2. PJ-SA says:

    Unfortunately being out of Europe and having a relatively large squad means limited opportunities for our youngsters because we now need to play our reserves in these games.

    Would love to see the youngsters get a go.

  3. ISCOdreams says:

    Leno
    Cedric Chambers Mari Tierney
    Sambi AMN
    Saka
    Martineli Tavares
    Laca

  4. Arsenal2win says:

    ……………………….Bernd Leno…………………………
    Chambers… Holding… Mari……Tavares
    ………………….AMN…………..Sambi………………….
    Martinelli….Smith Rowe……….Balogun
    ……………………….Alex Lacazette…………………..
    I believe this should be our best X1 2 please the fringe players & rest the 1st team players.

    1. Mick says:

      Agree. But would have Patino in & ESR rested for Spurs game.

    2. Richard Emzy says:

      Saka in for SMITH-ROWE. And i think you got a good insight on Mike arteta team selection

  5. Atid says:

    Leno
    Cedric holding Mari tavares
    AMN Xhaka Sambi
    Balogun Lacazette Martinelli

    1. Atid says:

      If xhaka is still suspended, I would give patino a run out or try chambers in a defensive midfield role

  6. justin says:

    no need to diss Nketiah. he stayed, so what…. he can still go next window, and if he signs for English club we will get compensation. He doesn’t have to start, coming off the bench would be fine.

    because the competition is very weak, i would give 5 at the back a try.

    …………………………………………Leno
    Soares, Chambers, Holding, Mari, Tavares
    …………………………………ANM, Sambi
    ………………………….ESR, Lacca, Martinelli

    1. Sean says:

      Leno
      Soares Chambers Mari Taveres
      Xhaka AMN
      Martinelli Patino Balogun (UpTop60′)
      Lacazette (Pepe 60′)

      Spurs;
      Ramsdale
      Tomi White Gabriel Teirney
      Partey Lokonga
      Saka Øde SmithRowe
      Laca (or Auba)

      Pepe can come on if we need a goal….

  7. ArseOverTit says:

    Just don’t play Xhaka and it will be ok.

  8. gunnerforlife says:

    Lenno
    Soares Holding Mari Tavares
    AMN ASL
    Martinelli Patino Balogun
    Laca
    I believe this is a strong enough team capable of beating Wimbledon and giving chances to everyone. Chambers can be used to sub ASL to give him rest for the Spuds game.
    The line up against the Spuds:
    Ramsdale
    Tomiyasu White Gabriel Tierney
    Partey ASL
    Saka deGuard ESR
    Auba
    Pepe and Laca can come on if and when we need goals desperately.

  9. kjelli says:

    Leno in goal and AMN in mid, give Saka and ESR a rest
    Can Chambers lay in mid with amn ??

  10. Jakes Mradu says:

    Nketiah will play against Wimbledon……!

  11. Jodecee says:

    Prefer not risking any of our 1st team starters. So am going with
    343
    leno
    chambers holding mari
    cedric sambi niles tavarez
    balogun(nketiah) laca martineli.

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