Date: 22nd September 2014 at 4:40pm
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With Debuchy requiring surgery that will keep him out until the end of the year and Monreal set to miss the next four games we mustn’t allow the League Cup to be a contest we risk real trophies, such as a top four finish and CL qualification, in chasing. We’ve got a pretty big squad, though a bit thin on the defensive front, so it’s time to use it.

The back four should be Bellerin, Mertesacker, Hayden and Flamini in front of Ospina in goal, with midfield made up of Ox, Coquelin, Diaby and Rosicky with Podolski and either Sanogo or Sanchez up front. That still leaves room on the bench for Martinez, Campbell, Zelalem, Gnabry, Chambers, Ajayi, Akpom with us hooking Mertesacker off after 30 minutes for Ajayi once the game has settled down.

Of course Southampton will field virtually their full first team hence our grip on the coveted Capital One Cup may be a little tenuous but we’d look silly parading that around on an open top bus anyway! Time for the kids and fringe players to entertain us.

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