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League Cup

  • 26 September 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 58351

Arsenal - Coventry City Preview: Wenger set to field experimental side in League Cup clash

Arsenal - Coventry City Preview: Wenger set to field experimental side in League Cup clash


The Frenchman is likely to make a number of changes to the team who secured a 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Sunday as the lower-league outfit come to the Emirates Stadium


Yennaris, Djourou, Koscielny, Santos
Ramsey, Eisfeld, Coquelin
Walcott, Giroud, Arshavin


Clarke, Wood, Cameron, Kilbane
Fleck, Henderson, Jennings, Moussa
McGoldrick, McDonald

Arsene Wenger is likely to rotate his side following their 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Sunday in order to give some first-team action to fringe and youth players.

Olivier Giroud, who has yet to score a Premier League goal for Arsenal so far this season, will be in contention to start in attack, with forgotten man Marouane Chamakh the other option up front.

Andrey Arshavin has made just one Premier League appearance so far season and is likely to be handed a spot on the flanks for the hosts. Wenger may also experiment with his central midfield trio, with Francis Coquelin and Thomas Eisfeld both in the running for a starting berth.

Coventry City boss Mark Robins marked his first game in charge at the weekend with a 2-1 defeat at home to Carlisle United.

New signing Franck Moussa could be handed a start on the left flank, should he recover from an illness in time.

  • Arsenal have never won the League Cup under Arsene Wenger despite reaching the final twice during the Frenchman's reign.
  • Mikel Arteta (pictured right) has the highest pass completion rate (93.4 per cent) of any player in the Premier League.
  • Arsenal have not lost to Coventry City at home since August 1993.
  • Coventry last faced the north Londoners in the top flight in February 2001. Wenger's men ran out 1-0 winners following a goal from Dennis Bergkamp.
  • The recently relegated League One side have lost every match that they have played so far in September.
  • Coventry sacked manager Andy Thorn in August, with Robins becoming their 11th boss in as many years.

Players to watch

O. Giroud

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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Should the Frenchman start on Wednesday, the pressure will be on for him to net his first goal for Arsenal following his arrival from Montpellier in the summer. The 25-year-old has had plenty of chances to open his account this season but has lacked the cutting edge and composure in front of goal so far. Against a struggling League One side with a leaky defence, Giroud should be able to get his name on the scoresheet.

D. McGoldrick

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The 24-year-old has shown plenty of work rate in the initial stages of his loan spell from Nottingham Forest and has netted twice for the League One club this season, including Coventry's only goal in the 2-1 defeat to Carlisle United on Saturday.

Editor's Prediction

Wenger is likely to experiment with his side but that shouldn't have a significant impact on the quality of the team who are likely to face the League One outfit. The players coming into the Arsenal side will be looking to impress, particularly those who have been frozen out of the first team so far this term. Coventry have struggled both home and away this season and should Arsenal get an early goal, it could be a long night for Robins' men.

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