Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere looks set to make his second start for the Gunners first XI in next weekend’s grudge match with Manchester United.
Early on Saturday afternoon will be the first time Robin van Persie faces his former side since moving to Old Trafford – a transfer that was the subject of great ire amongst Emirates Stadium fans.
Wilshere made his first team comeback in the win over QPR last weekend, a little earlier than the Capital One Cup fourth round clash with Reading tonight, which was anticipated as the fixture in which Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would begin easing him back in.
However, Wenger has left the 20-year-old out of his squad for tonight’s game against the Royals, which indicates he is saving him for Saturday and a match that will be crucial for the Gunners’ club morale.
Van Persie’s decision to move to Manchester United was seen as major blow to Arsenal officials’ claims that the club had the necessary ambition to achieve success in the Premier League and Champions League.
Wenger’s side will be desperate for a win to make a statement of intent after a beginning to a season that has dithered somewhat in recent weeks, as well as sending a message to his former captain over his claims of a lack of ambition.
While there is no expectation of a repeat of the 8-2 humiliation at Old Trafford last season, Wenger’s side will be underdogs going into the match, especially more so now United will be buoyed by their controversial win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.