Arsène Wenger will ring the usual changes for the Carling
Cup tie with Newcastle at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
The Arsenal manager will rest almost all of his first-team regulars to allow squad players and youngsters to hog the limelight. It is a policy he has used with some success in recent years. In three of the last four seasons his side have reached the Semi-Final and, of course, last season they were just pipped to the trophy by a full-strength Chelsea at the Millennium Stadium.
"You will see Bendtner, Diarra and Denilson," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online when asked about the make-up of the squad. "Maybe Eboue (ankle) will be coming back as well.
"You'll see Justin Hoyte and Alex Song maybe Eduardo and Diaby. Then there is Armand Traore and Lukasz Fabianski who we have not seen a lot of so far. We have sold out and we will put out a good team. We want to give the opportunity to our fans to see some unfamiliar faces."
If they play this would be the first start for Diarra and Bendtner while Fabianski would be making his debut.
Arsenal.com will announce the full squad on Tuesday.
That morning, Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full video interview. In it Arsène Wenger talks about: the financial results, spending money, the strategic importance of the Carling Cup, the case for playing Nicklas Bendtner, in defence of Alex Song, Lukasz Fabianski and Newcastle.