Arsenal striker set for first team return ahead of Tottenham clash

It has been a 16-year wait, but it was worth it in the end as Dinamo Zagreb celebrated their first UEFA Champions League group win since 29 September 1999.


It means the depth of Arsenal’s squad will be put to the test. And Wenger has suggested that there could be more rotation beyond those definitely ruled out.

Spurs, beaten by Chelsea in last season’s final, have beaten Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the Premier League and FK Qarabag of Azerbaijan in the Europa League and discovered a new scoring hero in Son Heung-min of South Korea who has scored three times in those games.

Arsenal and Tottenham kick off their bid to reach Wembley at White Hart Lane tomorrow for what is certain to be the highlight of the League Cup third round. Of all a sudden, within past eight days, they’ve registered three consecutive victories, and are now one of the in-form teams in the league at the moment.

According to the Mirror, the decision to field a strong team will be welcomed by the fans as they are desperate for a win over their arch north London rivals. ‘I want to play every game because I like to play football (but) sometimes it’s better for me to rest. Why should Manchester City or whoever else always qualify for the Champions League? Santi Cazorla’s suspension rules him out, along with an injury list that now includes Francis Coquelin alongside long-term absentees Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck. Wenger may opt for young players for this tie, Krystian Bielik could be given some time in the middle. After a profligate display in victory over Stoke Arsenal travelled to Zagreb with several first-teamers left behind and others not selected for the side to take on Dinamo.

After not being able to beat Chelsea for quite a number of years, Arsene Wenger’s side finally stood up for themselves on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.


12 – Out of 12 meetings between the two sides in the League Cup, Arsenal have won six, Spurs 3 & rest are draw.

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