Arsenal travel to Premier League rivals Brentford this evening looking to progress to the next round of the Carabao Cup. The fixture gives Mikel Arteta an opportunity to rest some of his key players as the fixtures continue to come thick and fast.
The Gunners failed to surpass the third round of the competition last season after falling to a 3-1 defeat to Brighton. However, with a bigger squad at their disposal, hopes of winning the EFL Cup for the first time since 1993 is the goal.
Arteta confirmed on Tuesday that it's unlikely that Bukayo Saka will feature at the Gtech Community Stadium having picked up a foot injury in Sunday's draw with Tottenham. There's also a big chance that Declan Rice won't be risked after being replaced at half-time.
However, one area of the squad that continues to be discussed is the goalkeeper position. Aaron Ramsdale has been the number one for the last two seasons following his arrival from Sheffield United but David Raya's loan switch from Brentford has seen him drop to the bench.
Raya joined the club from Brentford in the summer on an initial season-long loan with an option to buy next summer. The Spaniard has started the last three games — keeping two clean sheets — and everyone is wondering whether he'll be allowed to feature against his parent club.
Unlike the Premier League, a competition that Raya won't be able to feature against the Bees in, the Carabao Cup has no specific rules against loan players facing their old side. Instead, the two clubs must come to an agreement over the potential playing time.
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