Arsenal host AFC Wimbledon in a Carabao Cup third-round clash at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners’ last game in this competition – a 6-0 victory over West Brom – provided some much-needed relief for manager Mikel Arteta who had come under intense pressure after a poor start to the Premier League season.
After back-to-back wins against Norwich and Burnley, though, the scrutiny on the Spaniard’s job has reduced somewhat, meaning that we can expect a few more youngsters to be involved on Wednesday night.
Charlie Patino is one of several talented Hale End products who over 48,000 Gunners fans could be present to see at the Emirates Stadium following an impressive run for Kevin Betsy’s under-23 side.
However, Arteta will be wary of denting the fragile momentum he has been able to build over the past two weeks, and with the North London Derby coming up on Sunday, any sort of upset could well be detrimental to the mood around the club.
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