Arsenal return to action on Wednesday night, as the Gunners host League One Doncaster Rovers at the Emirates Stadium in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Arsenal’s results have improved of late and spirits have lifted slightly at the club following the team’s recent performances. Wins against Bournemouth and Koln were followed up by a creditable 0-0 draw at London rivals and champions Chelsea on Sunday.
The draw means the Gunners are now unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not usually take the League Cup seriously, but will not want his side to lose any momentum built up by their positive results of late.
Arsenal have only faced Doncaster on eight occasions in competitive action, recording seven wins and suffering just one defeat. The north London side have won the last six meetings between the two teams. The last three meetings have all been in the League Cup, with the last one coming back in 2005 at Doncaster.
The only defeat the Gunners have suffered against Rovers was back in 1902, when the north London side were called Woolwich Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger’s side’s record in the League Cup is a mixed one. Last season the Gunners were knocked out of the competition at the quarter-final stage of the competition by Southampton. Wenger’s side will be confident of negotiating this tie and making it into the fourth round.
Doncaster’s form in League One has stalled completely of late, as Rovers have now failed to win any of their last four games and lost their last three games. Darren Ferguson’s side are only outside of the League One relegation courtesy of a superior goal difference to Gillingham and Rochdale.
The visitors have beaten Bradford City and Hull City to make it into the third round. Even with Arsenal fielding a weakened team, Rovers are massive underdogs to win this clash.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is likely to rotate his squad for this clash. Reiss Nelson, Olivier Giroud, Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Mohamed Elneny could all start in this clash.
Doncaster boss Ferguson may also make changes to his starting line-up. However, he has stated that he believes that some of his players may not get the chance to play such a venue as the Emirates, so he will bear that in mind when picking his team.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at odds of 1/9, while the draw is odds of 10/1 and the visitors are a massive 25/1 to record an unlikely away win.
Arsenal will field a weakened line-up and this competition may not be their priority this season. However, they should have too much quality for the League One visitors.
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