Reiss Nelson and Alexis start: Arsenal v Doncaster teams

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Arsenal face Doncaster Rovers tonight in the Carabao Cup. As ever with this competition there are significant changes to the team selection.

Here’s the side that Arsene Wenger has chosen for tonight’s game.

Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Holding, Nelson, Wilshere, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Alexis, Walcott, Giroud

Subs: Macey, Monreal, Willock, Dasilva, Iwobi, Nketiah, Akpom

Doncaster Rovers: Lawlor, Mason, Wright, Butler, Blair, Houghton, Whiteman, Rowe, Kongolo, Coppinger, May

Subs: Marosi, Alcock, Toffolo, Garratt, Mandeville, Marquis, Williams

 

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Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

With such a lineup, I’d be disappointed if we don’t score at least four goals

lee dicks on
lee dicks on

It’s not going to take much for there to be a real problem at wing-back this season.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

It’s funny too cuz Debuchy is fit

Viva la Prof
Viva la Prof

Debuchy must seriously be regretting parking in the managers spot now.

Dave M
Dave M

Been saying the same thing. Not much better at LB either with both players starting in the first 11 makes rotation really hard

Badaab
Badaab

Lets hope Ospina has learned which color we’re playing in tonight, so he doesn’t pass to Doncaster.

Ham
Ham

How long until Alexis is fit enough not to be involved in these games?

Sheffield Gooner
Sheffield Gooner

Until he signs a new deal I suspect.

ZZ Mop
ZZ Mop

Nah it’s a fitness thing. Wenger isn’t Mancini

kaius
kaius

Think some people just like to imagine Alexis being punished

Sheffield Gooner
Sheffield Gooner

No, just a lighthearted joke. I love the guy and hope he fires us to the title this year then decides to stay.

SearedGrillPower
SearedGrillPower

Sooner the better. My fantasy score makes grim viewing 🙁

ChicagoGooner9
ChicagoGooner9

Excited to see Nelson get a run. Really rooting for a solid performance from Holding. Needs to get his confidence back.

Stikkman
Stikkman

Come on Arsenal!

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

Taking this very seriously, which I actually like. I’m less keen on our choice of wing-backs though. I like the players, but neither of them play that position naturally.

Billymac
Billymac

Are we definitely playing three centre backs? Doesn’t Chambers play left back as well? Could be 4-3-3 or 4-4-2?

Scott P
Scott P

At best, Chambers plays RB. But I’d rather see him as a CB, that’s where his future is if he has one at Arsenal.

sixteen swans
sixteen swans

FFS Maitland-Niles isn’t a wing back. The last time he was a right WB he was a shambles. The last time he was a left, he was moved to central midfield at half time.

My only hope is that Doncaster is too stupid to notice.

As for playing Holding AND Chambers either side of Mertesacker … fingers crossed.

Reiss Nelson\'s column
Reiss Nelson\'s column

Playing two centre backs with premier league experience against Doncaster alongside a worlcuo winner… should be fine…

Paul
Paul

“My only hope is that Doncaster is too stupid to notice.”
Made me chuckle… 🙂

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

AM-N is fine as RWB. He was originally a winger that dropped back to RB and then DM, but he’s a bit weak as a LWB…

clins
clins

he’s a far better midfielder than wingback . i can understand with the increased competition he would not be able to play there but i would have loved to see him there . same with reiss nelson , his best position is as an attacking midfielder

The arsenaut
The arsenaut

Walcott in the way of Nelson? or is the kid a geniune prospect for wing back position?

Mpls
Mpls

The boss mentioned he thought he could play there a few weeks back. We’ll see. He also thought Hector and AMN on the left were good ideas. But if Nelson can mark up properly he might do alright.

Gordy
Gordy

So is Nelson starting as a wing back? Maitland Niles was rubbish as left wing back last week but looked really good when he moved into his proper position in midfield. First home game I’ve missed this year so we’ll probably do really well, hope the Donnies don’t crock Alexis.

Bergkamp\'s Toe
Bergkamp\'s Toe

We should keep resting Alexis in the league to play him in the more important cups to win the treble 🙂

arsepedant
arsepedant

That’s a much stronger line-up than I expected to see. I think we should run riot over Doncaster. Really pleased to see Nelson and Wilshere starting, I hope they shine.

ashburton red
ashburton red

Excited to see Wilshere-Elneny combo in the middle

Burnsbyrne
Burnsbyrne

Any streams showing the game nah?

Robert Pires - Sporting Director of Arsenal
Robert Pires - Sporting Director of Arsenal

try ronaldo7dotnet. I’m watching on that one.

Mpls
Mpls

It’s all down to how well we control the midfield and close down on the outside to cut out crossing. The attack should be there.

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

Shit, no Jeff…

arsepedant
arsepedant

Still recovering, I hear.

Paul
Paul

With this team we are going to hammer them! COYG!

PatJ
PatJ

They’ve got bot Blair and May.
I’m glad that our skipper is PM.

arsepedant
arsepedant

You have won the Internet for today.

St.macca
St.macca

Looking forward to this, some big names with a point to prove and some youngsters hoping to impress.

Russ
Russ

This is a game I want to watch! Good to Wiltshire back.

Right, where’s those streaming sites..?

arsepedant
arsepedant

Who?

Carlos _ Santana
Carlos _ Santana

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