Arsenal Carling Cup Preview: Predicted Starting XI vs Shrewsbury Town

Khalid KhanCorrespondent IISeptember 20, 2011

Arsenal Carling Cup Preview: Predicted Starting XI vs Shrewsbury Town

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    After a disappointing effort in the weekend at Blackburn, Arsene Wenger must make amends in their Carling Cup fixture against Shrewsbury Town.

    Arsene Wenger will most likely select a young squad against a weak side like Shrewsbury.

    This game is more important for Arsenal than you think. If they are unable to win, they will be knocked out from the competition, which lessens their chance of collecting silverware this season.

    Wenger has to get his side back on track and hopefully shake off their dismal start to the season.

    So, let's see who Arsenal should start in their encounter against Shrewsbury Town.


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    Lukasz Fabianski

    Lukasz Fabianski will most likely be given the nod to start in goal for Arsenal in order to give Wojciech Szczesny much-needed rest.

    This will also be his first appearance for Arsenal since an incident in training caused him to break his shoulder and sidelined him for the rest of the season.

    Expect Fabianski to show the same form that he had before the injury.

The Back Four

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    RB: Carl Jenkinson

    CB: Ignasi Miquel and Sebastian Squillaci

    LB: Kieran Gibbs

    Who would have thought that I would be relieved if Squillaci got the nod to start? But with the recent play of Johan Djourou, I jump with excitement.

    Also Miquel and Jenkinson will start because of some needed rest to Arsenal's starters and Bacary Sagna picked up an injury against Blackburn

The Midfield

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    CDM: Emmanuel Frimpong, Francis Coquelin

    CAM: Tomas Rosicky

    I believe that Arsene Wenger will try to give cover to the defense by putting in two defensive midfielders with Frimpong and Coquelin getting the nod for the start.

    These two youngsters have to make sure to control and provide cover to the back four when they are on the defence.

    Rosicky returns to the squad after recovering an injury and will have to be the creator of the attack for Arsenal.

The Attack

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    Wingers: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ryo Miyaichi

    Forward: Ju-Young Park

    All three Chamberlain, Miyaichi, and Park will make their first ever start for Arsenal. There is a lot of excitement building up about the talents of both Ryo and Chamberlain.

    These two are natural wingers and expect them to trouble Shrewsbury Town throughout the night.

    Park will play up front and and could be partnered up with Chamakh if Wenger decides to go with a 4-4-2 formation for this fixture.

    This would be the best choice in my opinion because the aerial ability of Chamakh and Park will prove to be too much for Shrewsbury with Ryo and Chamberlain constantly putting crosses into the box.


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    Manuel Almunia (GK),

    Johan Djourou (CB), Andre Santos (LB)

    Yossi Benayoun (CAM), Aaron Ramsey (CM)

    Marouane Chamakh (ST), Chucks Aneke (ST)


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    Arsenal 5-1 

    I expect the players to respond to Wenger's lashing from the weekend and put in a great performance in front of their home supporters.

    I expect Arsenal will spread the Shrewsbury defence and to create more holes in their defence than Swiss cheese.

    They will control majority of the possession and expect Shrewsbury to put ten men behind the ball at all times.

    In the end, Arsenal will get the result and progress into the next round of the competition.