Chelsea to play under-21s against Arsenal

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims he will field his under-21 side against Arsenal in the fourth round Capital One Cup tie with Arsenal in protest at the scheduling of the fixture by the Football League.

The Blues travel to north London to face Arsene Wenger's side on a Tuesday - only two days after a potentially pivotal encounter with Manchester City in the Premier League.

Capital One Cup last 16 matches take place on October 29 and 30, and Mourinho is incensed that he must put out a Chelsea side battle weary from their weekend endeavours on the earlier of the two days.

This has led Mourinho to reveal he will deploy his youngsters when Chelsea face the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium, with the league a far more important proposition than the lesser-valued of the two domestic cup competitions.

"My thought is that I have to make a decision, and my answer is the under-21 team will have a very good experience in the Capital One Cup. We play Sunday against Manchester City, and Tuesday against Arsenal when the people decide the fixtures," Mourinho told reporters.

"The players have ... two days. It's something I have to accept because I have no other option, but I have to prioritise, yes. The league is more important. After that we go to Newcastle, too, and probably it will be a good chance for the kids to play a good match."

Chelsea sealed their place in the next round of the Capital One Cup courtesy of a victory over Swindon, while Arsenal triumphed against West Brom after a penalty shootout.

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