Match preview – Arsenal v Norwich

Carabao Cup back as Arsenal take on Norwich, I really struggle to take this competition seriously. For me its nothing more then giving our youth a chance at first team football. Personally id like this cup to come with a few rules around the competition.

  1. You must field a side of at least 5 from your youth squad.
  2. Unlimited Substations for youth to youth only
  3. Test VRL

Maybe I’m the only one with this view, but i feel these cup games would be a great opportunity to test new laws. At the end of the day it is a trophy but the real satisfaction would be a trophy that was won from majority of our youth team.

Arsenal Team News 

Wenger will be without Shkodran Mustafi, David Ospina, Danny Welbeck and Calum Chambers who are all sidelined.

Arsenal likley IX – 3-4-3

  • Cech
  • Elneny, Debuchy, Holding
  • Nelson, Willock, Coquelin, Maitland-Niles
  • Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud

Key Man

More Giroud genius bailed out the Gunners last week in Serbia as he turned the ball in with yet another brilliant acrobatic finish.

Norwich Team News 

Daniel Farke has quite a list of injuries at the moment. Center back Russell Martin misses out and will return to action soon, but defensive midfielders Alexander TetteyTettey and Louis Thompson, left back Jamal Lewis, wingers Steven Naismith and Matt Jarvis, and attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard are all out a while. Winger Marley Jenkins is out via a suspension.

Norwich City likely XI – 4-2-3-1

  • McGovern
  • Pinto, Franke, Hanley, Husband
  • :Stiepermann, Hoolahan
  • Vrancic, Cantwell, Wildschut
  • Oliveira

Key Man

One man that looked to be on the outs at Norwich at the beginning of the season was striker Nelson Oliveira. While he’s still not an automatic starter right now, he’s certainly proved his wealth as a substitute as well as a partner for Cameron Jerome at times. He leads the team with five goals in the league, and he could be just the touch of class needed to upset the odds against Arsenal.

 

Predictions – Arsenal 3-2

Let us know your thoughts about the Carabao Cup, do you think like I’m thinking or maybe I’ve got it all wrong. let us know

Tez

 

 

 

 

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