Arsenal face Tottenham on Wednesday night in the third round of the Capital One Cup, the competition that has been a blooding ground for Wenger’s youngsters.
But Wednesday won’t be for such, with this meeting being not just a hot derby of the highest rivalry in north London, but also the fact that the Gunners lost a London derby over the weekend against Chelsea to record their second consecutive defeat following a shock defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, a defeat that has raised questions among the Arsenal faithfuls.
The Gunners would be going into the game without Santi Cazorla, allowing Aaron Ramsey to slot back into central midfield at long last.
Wenger’s rotation options are very limited as the performance against Zagreb showed, but he will be forced to use some of them this time, with Coquelin seemingly nursing a Knee injury and the suspensions.
Tottenham on the other hand are seemingly on the Ascendance with new South Korean signing Son seemingly finding his feet early, with three goals in their last two games and the form of 19-year-old Dele Alli.
The only drawback is the fact that their main striker Harry Kane who scored 31 goals last season is still yet to score this season after 6 games.
But the return of creator in chief Christian Eriksen to fitness and the support of Son should make Tottenham’s problems much less that their neighbors’.
Playing in front of their own crowd, Tottenham would fancy their chances of winning some much needed bragging rights over Arsenal.
Arsenal will be without Coquelin through a knee injury picked up against Chelsea with Wenger stating in his press conference that “His knee is swollen and he is being assessed but we hope it is just a short-term problem”
Long term absentees Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere are still recovering, Santi Cazorla and will be missing through suspension while Per Mertesacker is back, and is available for selection according to Wenger.
Tottenham will be without Nabil Bentaleb through injury, Ryan Mason and Moussa Dembele are major doubts