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Arsenal host Liverpool this afternoon in the marquee fixture of the Carling Cup fourth round. Arsene will field a slightly more experienced lineup for this round, as first team substitutes, Eduardo and Bendtner, being preferred to reserve team strikers Sunu and Watt. With Liverpool also likely to include a few starters in the first eleven, this should make for an interesting night in North London.

Vital Quotes:

Not many quotes circulating about for this game. Every bodies thoughts are still dominated by the weekend's disappointment. However here is Francis Coquelin on the Carling Cup opportunity:

'I'm really excited, I'm waiting for it,' said the 18-year-old. 'We've got a chance. It's one game, anything can happen.'

'I felt a little bit nervous but I really enjoyed the [West Brom] game and I hope to play against Liverpool. I think everyone will give 100 per cent in training and after that it's the choice of the manager.'

Arsenal Team News:

The team that took on West Brom will be very different than the team Arsene will put out tomorrow. Out comes Wilshere and Traore, due to injury. Also Watt, Szczensy, and Sunu will be relegated to the bench. Don't fret though, Nasri, Fabianski, Eduardo, Vela, and Bendtner will all be available.

Possible Starting XI: Fabianski, Gilbert, Senderos, Silvestre, Gibbs, Coquelin, Ramsey, Nasri, Eduardo, Vela, Bendtner

Player to watch: Samir Nasri

After breaking his leg in the summer, Nasri makes his first Arsenal start of the new season. He'll be a welcome addition to our injury plagued squad.

Liverpool Team News:

Big news is that neither Torres nor Gerrard will play tonight. Glen Johnson is also unlikely to feature, while Riera and Kelly are out. Dossena will make his return to the Liverpool squad. Other than those players, Rafa could go either way. He usually treats this competition very seriously, but I could see that changing this year.

Player to watch: Ryan Babel

The Dutch, Arsenal supporter will get a rare chance to impress the chubby Spaniard. If Gilbert isn't careful then Babel will inflict damage on this young Arsenal team.

Match Prediction

I see this strengthened Arsenal team being too much for a weakened Liverpool. 4-2 to the Arsenal.

Next Fixtures:

It's the North London derby on Halloween. Ooooo frightening!!

Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Wednesday October 28 2009
Time: 2:43AM


Nasri and Coquelin as our more defensive midfielders will be interesting to watch.
28/10/2009 14:28:00
If Vela is out, the will Nasri start on the wing, with Merida as a central midfielder, or the other way around?
28/10/2009 15:21:00
Can't understand why Arsene left out Vela. It seems as if Arsene has demoted Vela. He'll put on Ramsey fairly regularly as a sub but never Vela.
28/10/2009 15:50:00
Vela has picked up a knee injury, as confirmed by
28/10/2009 16:15:00
Maybe I'm the last one to find this out, but for all of those who live in a place where ESPN360 is available, the game will be broadcast live over the internet! that just made my day (unless we lose, in which case it will ruin my day)
28/10/2009 18:30:00
Eastmond starts ahead of Coquelin. Interesting. I've never seen him play.
28/10/2009 19:25:00
oh wow, franny
28/10/2009 20:00:00
Also interesting is Eduardo gets the central spot with Nicky out wide.
28/10/2009 20:20:00
**** me. This is best match I've watched in a LONG time. Fantastic stuff!
28/10/2009 20:28:00
Indeed Gkid! Love the passion the kids are showing too. If there's one player I really wanted to see on the scoresheet, it's Nick. He seeemed a bit less confident starting on the right. Some of his work didn't come off but I really like the way he keeps trying. That sweet goal will do him a world of good.
28/10/2009 21:04:00
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