Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will lead the gunners north to the West Midlands after luring West Brom into the second round of the Carabao Cup, which took place earlier tonight.
Carabao Cup Round 2 Draw: West Brom vs Arsenal
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Having to face a “lesser” opponent could be suitable for Arsenal as the timing of the clash, which will take place at The Hawthorns, will be sandwiched between Premier League meetings against Manchester City and Chelsea.
With Arsenal needing a strong start to the 2021-22 Premier League campaign in a season that sees them without European football of any kind for the first time since 1995-96, there is scope to suggest that Mikel Arteta is now presented with two options. viable for the type of XI you could turn to to negotiate the early stages of cup competition.
On the one hand, fielding their strongest XI, which is now subject to reduced match congestion and therefore less necessary rotation, could help the Gunners find their way into the opening weeks of the season in a I try to really challenge the European places, if not an unexpected finish in the top four.
But Arteta could certainly also view West Brom’s match as an opportunity to provide his young players with valuable match experience, and there are a few who might be in line to receive a run on the day. The likes of new signings Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares and the promoted Arthur Okonkwo could (and probably should) be called up that day, while U-23 options Miguel Azeez, Charlie Patino, Catalin Cîrjan, Kido Taylor-Hart, Omar Rekik everyone could get a chance to impress.
It is not known how Mikel Arteta intends to handle team selection, but having a plethora of options in this scenario is certainly not a bad thing.
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