Arsene Wenger reveals team news ahead of Arsenal’s cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal take on Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup at Hillsborough tomorrow night.
Arsene Wenger revealed this morning that Per Mertesacker could return after missing Saturday’s Premier League victory over Everton through illness.
Wenger told the Arsenal.com website: “There are no new problems from Saturday, Per Mertesacker is available again after illness.
“Nobody else is coming back. Arteta will not be fit. Ramsey, Wilshere, Welbeck and Rosicky of course are all out too.
“Ospina is still out too, so Cech will certainly play.”
Wenger it would seem is reluctant to rest Cech and to give a debut to Matt Macey.
He is though likely to make a number of changes to the side that beat Everton.
Mathieu Flamini, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell are all in line to start against the Owls.
Whilst the squad is likely to feature a number of youngsters.
Alex Iwobi, Donyell Malen, Ben Sheaf, Marcus Agyei-Tabi, Ismael Bennacer, Reiss Nelson, Joshua Dasilva, Savvas Mourgos, Matt Macey, Glen Kamara, Marc Bola, Julio Pleguezuelo and Krystian Bielik all trained with the first team squad today.
Sheffield Wednesday are poised to start the match with 19-year-old goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith.
He has started in each of the three previous Capital One Cup ties for the Owls this season, against Mansfield, Oxford and Newcastle.
He kept a clean sheet in the win over Newcastle United at St James’s Park in the last round.
Sheffield Wednesday coach Carlos Carvalhal is also likely to make a number of changes to the team that beat Rotherham in the Championship on Friday night.
Hsaid: “We cannot take risks with anyone. For certain, Joe Wildsmith will play. Keiren Westwood is an amazing goalkeeper as everybody knows and Joe is a very, very talented young goalkeeper.
“I have complete confidence in Joe. When he has come into the team, he has done fantastic.
“He made his international debut for the England Under-20s recently and was then called into the Under-21s and that is a sign of the progress he has made.
“So Joe will play in this game against Arsenal. This is an important game and one we want to win.”