Emirates fans set for a glimpse into the future in Carling Cup.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will turn to youth to arrest his team’s poor form during tomorrow night’s Carling Cup tie against Shrewsbury.
The Gunners face the League Two side with confidence at a low due to the demoralising 4-3 defeat to Blackburn last weekend.
Wenger confirmed he will give a debut to Korean striker Park Chu-Young, while 18-year-old’s Ryo Miyaichi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will make their first starts.
But more senior players, including Andre Santos and Marouane Chamakh will also be given a run, while Emmanuel Frimpong, Carl Jenkinson and Francis Coquelin will feature.
“I will be faithful to our policy but I will try to find a good mixture between youth and experience,” Wenger said.
“You will see the likes of Ryo and Oxlade-Chamberlain. You should be excited about Oxlade-Chamberlain because he is a great talent.
“My target is to develop him so he confirms the expectation I have for him.”
One brighter note for Arsenal fans today was midfielder Jack Wilshere reporting good progress on the ankle injury that is expected to keep him out of action until November.
Wilshere said on Twitter: “Good day at football today! In the gym again! Ankle feeling a lot better hope to be back playing soon!”