Mikel Arteta & co. will welcome Championships side AFC Wimbledon to Emirates stadium on Wednesday evening in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
The Gunners will be aiming of continue their momentum run of form when they lock horns with AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup tonight at Emirates stadium.
After a disastrous start to the season, Mikel Arteta’s side have recorded back-to-back 1-0 win against Norwich City and Burnley, with first-team players likes Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Magalheas, and Thomas Partey were all impressed.
And in the previous round of this competition the Gunners were at their destructive best, thrashing West Brom 6-0 away from home, with club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted an hat-rick, while Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette were also on target.
This mid-week cup clash provides Mikel Arteta to rotate his squad heavily and give some youngest players and fringe stars a chance to showcase their pedigree on the pitch. The Gunners will certainly take this tournament seriously, more than they have over the years, as it represents a genuine chance to lift a trophy.
Ahead of visit AFC Wimbledon, Mikel Arteta has received huge boost concerning the situation of Mohamed Elneny and Rob Holding as pair taken part in Tuesday’s training session at London Colney.
The Gunners duo missed the last two games due to injuries problem but made returned to London Colney, and taken part in group training session on Tuesday ahead of Carabao Cup clash against AFC Wimbledon on Wednesday evening.
Charlie Patino, who had been delivered impressive performances for Arsenal Under23 this season, trained with the first team on Tuesday alongside his team-mates Tim Akinola and Salah-Eddine.
The Gunners trio could give a chance to showcase their pedigree on the pitch against AFC Wimbledon, with Mikel Arteta keen on promote them into first-team squad this season.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Mikel Arteta is expected to make alot to change to his side’s that face Burnely last weekend. The Gunners boss could name a completely different starting XI for the EFL Cup tie and give his fringe stars a chance to shine.
Bernd Leno could come back into the lineup after losing his Premier League spot to new signing Aaron Ramsdale in the last two games.
Mikel Arteta has options in Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares to play at right-back, while Rob Holding could return alongside Pablo Mari to lead the central defence. Nuno Tavares could play left-back in place of Kieran Tierney.
Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ainsley Maitland-Niles proved they could work effectively as a midfield pairing against Norwich, and Mikel Arteta will likely give them another shot. Bukayo Saka, who has been a little out of form lately, could make way for Gabriel Martinelli to start on the left side of the attack.
Mikel Arteta might give some more minutes to 19-year-old striker Folarin Balogun, with the manager inclined to pick Alexandre Lacazette from the start. Nicolas Pepe and Emile Smith Rowe could be the only players from the Burnley game to remain in the lineup.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers, Holding, Mari, Tavares; Lokonga, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Martinelli; Lacazette
Where is the match being played? at the Emirates stadium
When is kick off? Wednesday 22 September, at 7:45PM
Where to watch Arsenal vs AFC Wimbledon
- Unfortunately, Arsenal vs AFC Wimbledon is not on TV in the UK.
- Man United vs West Ham is the tie that has been chosen for live TV coverage.
- However, you can watch all the goals as they go in on Sky Sports News.