By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger says he is keen to let his youth players shine once more when Shrewsbury visit Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
Wenger’s selection policy paid dividends last season as his side reached the Final of the competition and the boss is ready to stick to his guns once more.
“We have a big squad now and we want to make use of that,” he told Arsenal.com.
“I will give a chance for young players to shine and find the right mixture in this competition between keeping our faith in young players and, of course, winning the games.
“That means having the right balance between experience and youth.”
Wenger confirmed that Arsenal’s home fans are set to catch their first glimpses of summer signings Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ju Young Park against the Shrews. And the starting XI will not be affected by Saturday’s defeat at Ewood Park.
“I had my team in my head before the Blackburn game and it will remain exactly the same,” Wenger confirmed.
“We will have Frimpong, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ryo, and maybe one or two more. There is an also opportunity to see Park for the first time.
“Chamakh will also feature. You will also see Jenkinson start in his position. We will try to find a mixture between youth and experience.”
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