Giroud out but strong squad to travel to Bradford


Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud will miss Arsenal’s Capital One Cup quarter-final with Bradford tomorrow night, but says the fact that the club don’t play again until next Monday means he can take a strong squad up north.

Giroud picked up a back problem in the first half of Saturday’s 2-0 win over West Brom and will be given time to recover before the trip to Reading next week. There’s still no place for Theo Walcott while Laurent Koscielny and Andre Santos remain sidelined.

“We will have an experience squad at Bradford,” said Wenger. “We have a good recovery time ahead of the game at Reading on Monday. So we can use the players we want to use.”

Vito Mannone has recovered from an unspecified injury and returns to the squad, but youngsters who would be expected to take part like Nico Yennaris and Ignasi Miquel miss out through injury.

It’s likely the manager will bring some of the younger generation to boost the squad as it’s a competition in which Arsenal are renowned for giving players a chance in, but after the remarkable, and frankly, bonkers game in the last round, it seems Wenger is determined not to take too many chances.




  1. @abhijith, he isn’t injured, just precautions, anyway, had he be taken of early we would have missed that ” what what what ” moment. ….. That badass attitude

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  2. whatever ppl say idnt care,capitalonecup is a TROPHY,SO LETS take a chance to win it n start counting trophies.hooorey…….just needs huntelaar.a left back,a dm for champions leagues knock out stage.

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  3. Mannone, Jenks, Mert, Verm, Meade, Coq, Jack, Rosicky, Ox, Chamakh, Gnabry

    Martinez, Angha, Hajrovic, Ramsey, Eisfeld, Gervinho, Akpom


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  4. My hopeful starting XI (4-3-3):

    Podolski – Chamakh – Gnabry
    Rosicky – Coquelin – Eisfeld
    Meade – Djourou – Mertesacker – Jenkinson

    Would be great to see the 4 Deutschlanders interlinking 😉

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  5. Good to know that we want to take this cup serious. Cos truth be told its our best if not only chance at ending the ‘famed’ drought.
    I literarily laughes out loud at “Vito Mannone’s unspecified injury”

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  6. I don’t think Rosicky will be ready to play a full game yet (neither will Wenger push him).


    Subs – Sir Chess,Gibbs,Squid,Rosicky,Cazorla,Poldi,Gnabry

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  7. Would like to see Coquelin given a chance, like him a lot, play him possibly alongside Rambo with an attacking trio of Gnabry/Rosicky/Eisfeld and would like to see Lukas get a chance at ST, reckon he can do some damage

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  8. This has got to be our chance to get a trophy albeit AW 4th choice.

    So very sorry that a chinless City player is getting masses of abuse for hiding behind a defensive wall because he is scared of the ball hurting him .

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  9. We really need to take this cup serious this season. Arsene’s ” top 4 considered a trophy” is gonna be a top 3 spot soon with the performance of english clubs in champions league

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  10. Yay!!! Now I get to see more Chamakh! [/sarcasm]

    So do we move the forehead who can’t hit the target or the lizzard with the dodgy haircut up front?

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  11. We want a good strong team for the match and with reading to come we have the base for a good consistant winning run. Like to see Poldi up front and a run out for Gnabry and Eisfeld.

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  12. Wenger should start with a strong eleven tomorrow. If we are well ahead at half-time then he can take off a couple of players and rest them.

    This is a great opportunity to win a trophy. With only Chelsea, who look quite beatable, left as serious opposition we should go all out to take this cup.

    If we don’t see off Bradford then we might as well give up.

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  13. Lol just sitting here reminiscing how Mert threw a tantrum on saturday after sliding in for the ball.

    “Ball….ball….got ball, ah you ref you!!!!”

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  14. I hope the boss can show the faith in Arshavin cause his performances thus far have been encouraging, however I expect either Rambo or Gerv getting the nod instead…? Either way here’s hoping the lads play well and we get a great result heading into the Christmas… Oh to Be a Gooner!!!

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  15. Without such an aesthetically-pleasing man, I’m afraid we may struggle to penetrate Bradford in their rear.

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  16. dont want rambo nowhere near. give eisfeld his chance to show he should be in the first team squad. Id like to gnabry and more of Akpom in this game. but above all i want us to win, and win in style. clean sheet would be good too

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  17. Good to see everyone backing Eisfeld and Gnabry.

    With Walcott/the club playing silly buggers (meh) it’s maybe a good chance to get Gnabry on during premiership matches. Haven’t seen enough of him yet but there is a lot of positive stuff being said. Eisfeld is a class act and cup games he should be starting because now rosicky is back now aswell, its near impossible do him to taste 1st team action this season.

    Gnabry has a chance down the right if Walcott and gervinho (defo a cross between Predator and Whoopie Goldberg) keep playing poo. Looking forward to tonight either ways. COYG

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