Arsenal host Liverpool this afternoon in the marquee fixture of the Carling Cup fourth round. Arsene will field a slightly more experienced lineup for this round, as first team substitutes, Eduardo and Bendtner, being preferred to reserve team strikers Sunu and Watt. With Liverpool also likely to include a few starters in the first eleven, this should make for an interesting night in North London.
Not many quotes circulating about for this game. Every bodies thoughts are still dominated by the weekend’s disappointment. However here is Francis Coquelin on the Carling Cup opportunity:
‘I’m really excited, I’m waiting for it,’ said the 18-year-old. ‘We’ve got a chance. It’s one game, anything can happen.’
‘I felt a little bit nervous but I really enjoyed the [West Brom] game and I hope to play against Liverpool. I think everyone will give 100 per cent in training and after that it’s the choice of the manager.’
Arsenal Team News:
The team that took on West Brom will be very different than the team Arsene will put out tomorrow. Out comes Wilshere and Traore, due to injury. Also Watt, Szczensy, and Sunu will be relegated to the bench. Don’t fret though, Nasri, Fabianski, Eduardo, Vela, and Bendtner will all be available.
Possible Starting XI: Fabianski, Gilbert, Senderos, Silvestre, Gibbs, Coquelin, Ramsey, Nasri, Eduardo, Vela, Bendtner
Player to watch: Samir Nasri
After breaking his leg in the summer, Nasri makes his first Arsenal start of the new season. He’ll be a welcome addition to our injury plagued squad.
Liverpool Team News:
Big news is that neither Torres nor Gerrard will play tonight. Glen Johnson is also unlikely to feature, while Riera and Kelly are out. Dossena will make his return to the Liverpool squad. Other than those players, Rafa could go either way. He usually treats this competition very seriously, but I could see that changing this year.
Player to watch: Ryan Babel
The Dutch, Arsenal supporter will get a rare chance to impress the chubby Spaniard. If Gilbert isn’t careful then Babel will inflict damage on this young Arsenal team.
I see this strengthened Arsenal team being too much for a weakened Liverpool. 4-2 to the Arsenal.
It’s the North London derby on Halloween. Ooooo frightening!!