Doncaster Rovers out to spring Carabao Cup giant-killing against Arsenal

Arsenal take on Doncaster Rovers in the 3rd round of the Carabao Cup at the Emirates Stadium tonight (7.45pm kick-off UK time).

The Gunners drew 0-0 with reigning Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

A result that keeps Arsenal in 12th position in the Premier League table.

Arsene Wenger is set to make wholesale changes for tonight’s match.

The team will be similar to the one that faced FC Koln in the Europa League last Thursday.

Jack Wilshere, Calum Chambers and Reiss Nelson will all hope to be in the starting eleven.

Doncaster Rovers will be backed by 5,000 travelling fans tonight.

League one Rovers have failed to score in five of their opening eight league games this season.

They were beaten 1-0 at home by local rivals Scunthorpe United on Sunday.

A result that leaves them just above the relegation zone in 19th position in the table.

The last time Arsenal and Doncaster Rovers met was in this tournament, at the quarter-final stage back in 2005.

On that night at Belle Vue, Rovers gave Arsenal a scare — drawing 2-2 in normal time. Quincy Owusu-Abeyie and Gilberto scored for the Gunners.

Arsenal then won the penalty shoot-out 3-1.

You have to go back as far as 1902 for a Doncaster victory in this fixture.

Manager Darren Ferguson has a long injury list going into the match.

Ross Etheridge (ankle), Mathieu Baudry (heel) and Luke McCullough (knee) remain on the sidelines for at least another month.

Danny Andrew (knee) will miss the remainder of the season due to his injury.

Winger Alex Kiwomya (calf) is nearing a return to action, but the game against Arsenal comes too soon for him.

Rovers will look to Alfie May to help them spring a surprise. The striker has already found the back of the net twice in the competition this season.

Match Officials

Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistants: Adam Matthews and Michael George
Fourth Official: Keith Stroud

The round four draw of the competition will be live on Sky Sports News following the conclusion of Manchester United and Burton Albion’s clash tonight.


Arsenal to progress to the 4th round with a win 3-0.