Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will make changes to his starting line-up for the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with West Ham.
The Gunners are currently enduring one of their busiest months of the season – they will play nine times across December – while Tuesday’s match at the Emirates will also be their third game in just six days. It will also be the second time Arsenal have faced West Ham during their busy spell after the two teams played out a goalless draw in the Premier League last week.
With so many matches on the calendar, Wenger believes it is an easy decision to rotate his side for the cup match, particularly as he has so much quality within his squad. “Some players are a little bit on the edge,” Wenger said. “I think as well that we have so many quality players who did not start on Saturday so you cannot say that you prefer to play a player who has played three games in six days to a guy who is at the same level and is completely fresh.
“The players who will start are basically all international players so that’s why I think [squad rotation] makes sense. You have to show the trust and the confidence that we have in the players.” The likes of Olivier Giroud, Mohamed Elneny and Danny Welbeck are likely to come into the starting XI for the clash with the Hammers while youngsters such as Matt Macey, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah could also feature.
Arsenal have never won the League Cup during Wenger’s 21-year spell in charge although they have twice reached the final, losing to Chelsea and Birmingham respectively.
The north Londoners are priced at 1.53 to secure a victory over West Ham while David Moyes’ team are available at 5.50. The draw is on offer at 4.50.