By Bulldog Drummond.
First the afternoon result: Arsenal under 18s 5 Tiny Tottenhams 3. Our goals from Fortune, Nelson, Robinson (2), Nketiah.
And so here we are again, at the soon to be closed for repairs White Hart Lane.
And here we are with a team in the League Cup which is probably not going to be so different from the team that lost in Europe last week.
It seems there is a chance that Alex Iwobi and Krystian Bielik could be involved, but not too many others.
What we do know is that Francis Coquelin has a knee injury, but Per Mertesacker is ok. And of course Gabriel can play now all he faces is a charge of not leaving the pitch quickly enough when we wasn’t sent off.
This is of course the anniversary of the famous game on 23 September 2008 when Arsenal put out a youth team and beat Sheffield U 6-0 in League Cup. Fabianski, Hoyte, Djourou, Song, Gibbs, Randall, Ramsey, Merida, Wilshere, Bendtner, Vela. Among the substitutes was … Francis Coquelin.
As for tonight, “It will be quite an experienced squad with one or two younger players,” said the boss.
So Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, David Ospina, Joel Campbell, Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mathieu Flamini and perhaps Emiliano Martinez could be on hand, but I suspect Oooooooooospina will play.
“After, we would need to follow it. We play Manchester City on Saturday, Monaco next Thursday and Swansea on the Sunday. But it’s true that this is special. You can feel it in the changing room and in the training sessions.”
Pochettino is said to be ready to rest Toby Alderweireld at centre-half. Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose who once scored an extraordinary goal against us, are expected to be the full-backs.
Mr Wenger said, “Every single game that you play you want to win but especially this one. It is a bit more special because it’s always a big meaning. We want to get back into winning habits and that’s why the momentum is even more important for us. We have massive, massive potential to become bigger than we are now.”