Disappointing news for Arsenal's Gedion Zelalem?

Gedion Zelalem

Arsenal whizkid unlikely to feature in the Capital One Cup.

Having been full participants in first team training on Monday morning, it is unlikely Daniel Crowley and Gedion Zelalem will be featuring for the club in the Capital One Cup.

With the competition used by the club regularly to bring youngsters through into the first team, both will have to wait for another chance.

Neither were name checked by Arsene Wenger as players who could feature against Southampton, and crucially, both were selected against Newcastle in Monday night's under-21 side.

Both players are only 17, but Zelalem has already played for the first team, featuring in the FA Cup last season.

Having been much hyped and even singled out for praise by Thierry Henry in pre-season, Zelalem will feel unlucky not to be involved.

Yet there is a key reason for that, and it's that there are simply players closer to the first team who need games more urgently.

Those are Abou Diaby, who featured on the bench in the first team draw with Aston Villa at the weekend, and Francis Coquelin who partnered Diaby in midfield for the under-21s a week ago.

Coquelin's career has stalled after a poor loan spell at Freiburg last season, yet the 23-year-old has 21 first team appearances and seven Champions League games for the Gunners to his name.

Zelalem will get his chances, but for Coquelin and Diaby, if they do not start this game, you have to question, especially in the case of the latter, when their chance will come?

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