Arsenal.com have revealed the Arsenal starting XI and substitutes to face Reading in the Capital One Cup in just under half an hour.
Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna were not included in the squad; clearly Wenger felt that they were not up to playing so soon after they played in the Premier League against QPR. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also not included because he did not pass late fitness tests.
The team is pretty much expected except for one thing; Olivier Giroud is on the bench and Maroune Chamakh starts. Wrong decision Wenger! If you want Giroud to gain some confidence and find his feet then he needs to be starting matches like this.
It’s a pretty experienced side all things considered. Andrey Arshavin had a good cameo against QPR and deserves his start, while Serge Gnabry is the new up-and-coming prospect at the club. Hopefully the team will both do us proud tonight. We need a good performance ahead of United.
Substitutes: Shea, Meade, Squillaci, Bellerin, Yennaris, Eisfeld, Giroud.