Charlie Patino starts as Eddie Nketiah decision made – Arsenal predicted XI vs AFC Wimbledon – Football.London

Arsenal are back in action this evening as they take on League One side AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup third round.

The Gunners, fresh off the back of two consecutive victories in the Premier League, are set to make a host of changes to their starting line-up for the tie at the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta‘s attention will be on the game tonight, but he will also have perhaps more than one eye on the North London Derby on Sunday afternoon, with Arsenal looking to make it three victories in a row in the league.

The Carabao Cup is always a chance for some of the younger, and fringe, players to get an opportunity to impress in the first-team and football.london thinks that will be the case this evening.

Here is our predicted XI for tonight’s tie: Bernd Leno, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Nuno Tavares, Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Charlie Patino, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Alexandre Lacazette.

The big news from that would be Patino making his competitive debut for the Arsenal senior team.

The 17-year-old midfielder has impressed greatly for the academy in recent weeks, and his form has seen him train with the first team on numerous occasions.

Tonight could be the night all Arsenal supporters are waiting for and even if he does not start at the Emirates, Arteta will surely bring him on at some stage.



Charlie Patino trains on Tuesday ahead of Arsenal's clash with AFC Wimbledon
Charlie Patino trains on Tuesday ahead of Arsenal’s clash with AFC Wimbledon

Meanwhile, we expect Leno to come back in goal and hand Aaron Ramsdale, who has started the last two Premier League matches, a break.

Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney are all expected to be rested ahead of the clash with Spurs on Sunday.

Elneny was pictured in training on Tuesday following his muscular injury, meaning he could be in contention to start in the centre of midfield.

Maitland-Niles, whose preference is to play in the centre of the pitch, could be handed another opportunity to impress at the Emirates, alongside Elneny and Patino.

The role of Elneny and Maitland-Niles could be big tonight to help the inexperienced Patino settle in on his debut.

Arteta may opt with a front trio of Nketiah, Lacazette and Martinelli – who have all not been given too many chances in the first team this season.

Nketiah was strongly linked with a move away from Arsenal over the summer, but an exit fell through.

Tonight could be a huge night for the Gunners striker, who is out of contract next summer and surely he will be handed some minutes with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to be rested.

Lacazette, like Nketiah, is in the final 12 months of his contract, and has only featured twice for Arsenal in all competitions this season.

The Frenchman will fancy his chances of scoring his second goal of the campaign against the League One side this evening, should he be handed a start by Arteta.

Martinelli is a player Arsenal supporters have massive hopes for, but we’re yet to see the pre-injury version of him since he returned from his serious knee problem.

This, of course, is normal as it can take footballers a fair while to recover from long-term layoffs.

Tonight could be a huge opportunity for the young Brazilian to regain some confidence and perhaps force himself back into Arteta’s plans.

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