Arsenal's quest to win the English League Cup for the first time since 1993 begins tonight (Wednesday) when they face Brentford in the third round at the Gtech Community Stadium.
When it comes to this competition, you just never know what to expect from the Gunners under Mikel Arteta. Last season they were dumped out at this very stage by Brighton & Hove Albion having reached the semi-final stage the year prior only to be beaten by eventual winners Liverpool.
What's for certain is the Arsenal manager does plan to rotate his squad against Brentford as there's something of an injury crisis at the Emirates Stadium at the moment with Declan Rice, Jurrien Timber, Gabriel Martinelli, Leandro Trossard, Bukayo Saka and Thomas Partey all set to miss the cup tie.
As a result, those who haven't played much so far this season and one or two of the club's most promising players are in line for an opportunity to impress in west London: «There are a lot of players who need minutes,» Arteta said in the pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
«If you go through the squad there are lots of players who haven't had minutes and they are going to need exposure that's for sure. It's true that we have a lot of internationals in the last few windows and they have quite a lot of exposure to minutes but at the moment we have a squad that is not 24 players. To change 11 or 12 players tomorrow is just not a possibility we have.»
Assuming those comments all but confirm the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson, Jorginho, Jakub Kiwior and Takehiro Tomiyasu will feature one way or another, with the countdown to kick-off under way, football.london has revealed what else to look out for as Arsenal face Brentford in the Carabao Cup third-round.
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