West Brom vs. Arsenal – Capital One Cup Match Preview
A 3-1 weekend victory over the Orcs saw Arsenal retain its position at the top of the Premier League table, and gear up for a League Cup match away to West Bromwich Albion. Arsenal will be employing some heavy squad rotation, with Nicklas Bendtner and
Chu-Young Park Park Chu-Young Ju-Young Park (he still plays for us?!) participating in training.
This is a move of necessity, however, as Giroud will surely be resting for this midweek clash, and Theo Walcott’s minor injury developing into one that required some surgery. A setback for us, but not a lengthy one hopefully. This immediately signals that Serge Gnabry and Ryo Miyaichi will feature more with Theo’s absence.
Our midfield will be different as well, with Wilshere limited and Cazorla out. While it would be nice to rest Ozil, he will likely either start or spend a significant amount of time playing due to a lack of options. Still, Aaron Ramsey may likely start next to Ozil. Whereas our forwards and midfield sport plenty of youth, our defensive midfielders and defenders bring a veteran presence. Flamini and Arteta will get some more time to play together, while I expect the back four to be anchored with a Centreback pairing of the BFG and TV5. I imagine they will be flanked by Carl Jenkinson and Nacho Monreal, probably playing in front of new keeper Emiliano Viviano, who looks to have his debut tomorrow.
West Brom, on the other hand, will likely field a strong side, although they have not replicated their same strong start to the season as last year. They do have a former Arsenal player turned Chel$ea shit Anelka, but hopefully he gets pushed around by Flamini for the duration of the match before he sulks off and abandons his team.
Arsenal have the ambition and squad depth to challenge for multiple trophies this season, and while the League Cup may not get priority, hopefully our experienced squad in addition to our impressive talent and depth can get us to the final and get us some silverware.
Score prediction: 2-0 to The Arsenal with goals from Serge Gnabry and Nicklas Bendtner. Another crazy prediction, but I am bound to get one of these correct, right?!