Wenger reveals fitness boost for Sheffield Wednesday clash and confirms

Sheffield Wednesday face Arsenal in the Capital One Cup fourth round on 27 September (19.45 KO).


And with his team fighting on three fronts Arsene Wenger is expected to give a number of his younger stars the chance to impress for the trip to the Championship side.

Elsewhere, the usual suspects are out with long term injuries and Petr Cech will start in goal.

The Gunners have no fresh problems following Saturday’s defeat of Everton, but defender Per Mertesacker is available again following illness. Arteta will not be fit.

Mikel Arteta (ankle), Jack Wilshere (fibula), Danny Welbeck and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (both knee) all continue their rehabilitation.

David Ospina is also still injured, meaning that “Čech will certainly play”, according to Wenger. Sheffield Wednesday will be starting 19 year-old Joe Wildsmith in goal rather than risking Keiren Westwood. For certain, Joe Wildsmith will play.

“He made his worldwide debut for the England Under-20s recently and was then called into the Under-21s and that is a sign of the progress he has made”.

“So Joe will play in this game against Arsenal”.


The Gunners boss made 10 changes for their third round win at Tottenham and Standard Sport understands Arsenal will send out a markedly different team to the one that beat Everton on Saturday.

Marcus Agyei Tabi and Ben Sheaf of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney