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Arsene Wenger ready to name strong Arsenal side against Tottenham

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Arsene Wenger is ready to name an experienced Arsenal side for Wednesday's League Cup third round tie against Tottenham Hotspur, reports the Mail.

The Gunners boss has traditionally used the competition to help introduce youngsters to first-team action but is concerned a defeat to their north London rivals could do significant damage to club morale.

Fans are already starting to pile pressure on the team after back-to-back defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Chelsea. In a week when Arsenal also announced that they have cash reserves of £200million in the bank, many are questioning Wenger's lack of activity in the summer window.

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But few results show an ability to cure the ills of fans better than a victory at White Hart Lane. Even though it is a Capital One Cup fixture, and still sits bottom of both Wenger's and the fans' priority list, a win against their fiercest rivals will always be greeted with open arms.

Wenger will use the game as an opportunity to rest some of his star names with Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez unlikely to make the short journey down Seven Sisters Road.

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Giroud gets his chance

Olivier Giroud, who was sent off against Dinamo Zagreb and started Saturday's game at Stamford Bridge on the bench, is one of many first-team stars likely to deputise.

The French striker has become a controversial figure at the Emirates after Wenger refused to replace him with a world-class striker in the transfer window. His form, deemed poor by many, has only shortened tempers.

David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers, Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also likely to start against Spurs while the Mail also believe Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who impressed during pre-season, could feature.

However, there are also reports that the 17-year-old is set to miss two months with an ankle injury sustained against Newcastle Under-21s last week.

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