Five Arsenal players who could use League Cup to prove a point

Chuba Akpom

Which quintet of Arsenal players will be looking to impress Arsene Wenger this week?

If one team utilises the Carling Cup to give fringe players and youngsters a chance to shine, it has to be Arsenal.

Some big names have made their debuts in this competition, can anyone else start their journey to stardom this week.

Serge Gnabry

After getting a chance to play in the Premier League after the last minute withdrawal of Theo Walcott this weekend the German youngster played, and put in a solid performance against Stoke City.

Can he get the chance to shine again against West Brom.

Chuba Akpom

The striker had a sensational pre-season with the club, and finished last term with the youth teams in exceptional goalscoring touch.

Some have been calling for Arsene Wenger to put his faith in the youngster ahead of Nicklas Bendtner this season, regardless of competition.

But hopefully he will get a chance to show off what he can do in front of goal this week.

Gedion Zelalem

We have all banged on about the schoolboy German as the ‘next Fabregas’ for quite a while now - could the general public now get to see him in action.

I remember when the unknown Fabregas made his impact against Wolverhampton Wanderers - could Zelalem do the same.

Kristoffer Olsson

The Swede was called up to train with the first team this week, which may just be an indication that Wenger is contemplating using the Swedish under-21 captain in midweek.

An astute reader of the game who also possesses a delightful passing ability, this could be his chance to shine with the first team after also having a good pre-season.

Emiliano Viviano

The goalkeeper was signed on loan from Palermo on Transfer Deadline Day to provide cover for the Polish pair of Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski.

Whether or not he gets the nod to start the game remains to be seen. But if he does he might just use this opportunity to stake a claim for the first-team slot at The Emirates - or at least a permanent deal at the club.

If he does play, it probably, in all likeliness, spells the end of Lukasz Fabianski’s Arsenal career.

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