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Predicted Arsenal XI to play Chelsea - Ten changes from the weekend

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Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the League Cup, kick-off will be 19:45 GMT tomorrow.

Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the League Cup, kick-off will be 19:45 GMT tomorrow.

Arsenal have the chance to rest some key first team players as they square up against Chelsea in the League Cup this week.

It’s an opportunity for Arsene Wenger to take a look at some of his fringe players and more established stars trying to secure more consistent first team football.

Arsenal will still have bitter memories of this competition from last season, when they were dumped out of the tournament by then League Two side Bradford City and it’s another opportunity for Arsene Wenger to add to his silverware collection.

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Here is the side he may go with against Chelsea.

GK – Lukasz Fabianski

Currently the reserve goalkeeper to Wojciech Szczesny. Szczesny hasn’t put a foot wrong in the Premier League this season, so all Fabianski can do is perform well and show that he’s ready to step into the team regularly in Szczesny’s absence.

RB – Carl Jenkinson

Jenkinson is a very good option to have down the right side of defence. He’s had a taste of regular football for Arsenal already and should be very determined to nail down a regular starting role. He’s got great pace which allows him to track back defensively, as well as getting forward quickly.

CB – Per Mertesacker

If Arsene Wenger is going to make a lot of changes to his back four, it’s important he retains some experience. The German looks very fit this season and he looks hungry. He won’t want to be dropped and it’s important for the Gunners to have a player of his calibre in the defence.

CB – Thomas Vermaelen

This is another chance for Vermaelen to show why he should be starting every game for the club. He’s also got a great deal of experience but may look a little rusty as he’s not had a lot of first team football for the club so far this season.

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LB – Nacho Monreal

Monreal is a safe option to have on the left hand side of defence. Defensively he’s solid and he can tuck in or hold a good position out wide and he’s competent going forward, which is important in providing an extra outlet for the midfield which will come under pressure.

RM – Serge Gnabry

Gnabry didn’t have his best game against Crystal Palace but he should feature from the start in this game. He’s got great pace to attack a defence and he’s shown a good understanding when it comes to linking up with the rest of the Arsenal midfield.

DM – Isaac Hayden

Arsenal need a defensively minded player to sit in the middle of the side, play a holding role and protect the back four. Hayden had a solid 84 minutes against West Brom in the last round and is likely to be given the nod for this game.

CM – Tomas Rosicky

Rosicky was an unused sub against Crystal Palace which suggests Arsene Wenger probably had one eye on this game for the Czech. He’s been used regularly on the left but he’s certainly good enough to move into a central position and pull the strings, controlling the pace of Arsenal’s attacking play.

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AM – Jack Wilshere

After missing the trip to Crystal Palace with an ankle problem, Wilshere should be fresh and ready to slot back into the side. He'll provide some important experience and quality in an attacking sense. He can also drop deeper into midfield if Arsenal take a lot of pressure.


LM – Ryo Miyaichi

The midfielder should get another chance to impress down the left of the midfield. Considering Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott are still both injured, there is a good chance for Miyaichi to show why he should be playing wide for the side more regularly.

ST – Nicklas Bendtner

With Olivier Giroud unlikely to play, there’s another chance for the Danish forward to get stuck in and score some goals. The only way Bendtner is going to force his way into the Premier League and Champions League starting side is if he starts showing form and scores consistently.

What do you think? Should Wenger make so many changes?

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