Arsene Wenger left Arsenal fans in no doubt of how little he values the Capital One cup, despite the fact that it nearly provided the Gunners with their only silverware in the last seven years. Wenger told the AGM this week that Champions League qualification is much more important to him, and to players, than picking up a domestic cup.
It will be no surprise then to see the Frenchman rest a number of first team regulars for the trip to Reading on Tuesday. Wenger always uses the league cup to give young players some experience but it is usually a blend of youth and experience. In the last round, against Coventry, we played Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud.
Wenger has stated that he will not play Wilshere against Reading, after he completed over an hour yesterday against QPR. He said that he was not sure whether to play the midfield star against Manchester United next weekend, but after Jack’s performance I would bet my house that he does.
Some more of Arsenal’s best players so far this season have started to look jaded, such as Cazorla and Podolski. Because of injuries and the need for points, Wenger has relied heavily on some players, but we need them at their best for the trip to Old Trafford.
Arteta, Cazorla and Podolski have started all the Premier and Champions League games this season and Wenger now has the chance to freshen them up. Koscielny and Santos should play as they both need the pitch time, for different reasons. Frimpong has said that he is not fully fit for the first team so another outing will do him good.
Highlights of QPR game are on JustFootballHighlights