west brom vs Arsenal – capital one cup preview   Leave a comment


Arsene Wenger can apparently do no
wrong at the moment.
The Frenchman has managed Arsenal
to seven consecutive victories,
erasing all memory of what was
initially a shattering defeat to Aston
Villa more than a month ago.
He has orchestrated this truly
remarkable run using almost the
exact same group of players during
a congested period in the schedule.
Injuries have eliminated almost all
tactical freedom, of course, but
Wenger has nevertheless found a
profoundly effective blend.
At long last, he will be able to give
some of his key players the rest
that they so need and deserve.
Arsenal have never won the League
Cup—known as the Capital One Cup
for sponsoring reasons—during
Wenger’s tenure at the club, largely
because of his reluctance to start
many of his key players in a
tournament that is generally
regarded as less prestigious than
other domestic competitions.
Despite the fact that the Gunners
have been handed a somewhat
unfavorable draw in West Brom
(when they were equally likely to be
matched with various lower-league
clubs), it is highly unlikely that
Wenger will refrain from allowing his
best players to rest their tired legs.
There still are not a plethora of
options at the manager’s disposal,
but Arsenal are facing the Baggies
at a time when important squad
members are returning from injuries
to play their first minutes of the
season.
Thus, there can be much more
rotation than there would have been
a week or two ago. This doubly
benefits the freshly fit men
attempting to regain their former
fitness and those who have played
numerous intense minutes since the
start of the season.
Let’s look at what starting XI Wenger
might put on the pitch at the
Hawthorns.
His first important choice concerns
who will start in goal, as Wojciech
Szczesny will almost certainly be
afforded a deserved breather after
playing all 720 minutes (plus
stoppage time) of the season thus
far.
There are two eminently capable
options available to replace him, and
neither are likely to remain with the
club beyond this season.
Emiliano Viviano, fresh off the plane
from Palermo, would receive
valuable experience against Premier
League opposition if he is afforded
the opportunity to start. Lukasz
Fabianski, on the other hand, ended
last season superbly, keeping
Szczesny out of the team.

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Posted September 24, 2013 by arsenalwonder in arsenal, Capital one cup, Preview, Uncategorized

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