Carling Cup action today sees two of the “Big Four” locking horns. Arsenal had to settle for only one point on the weekend after the Hammers came back in the last 15 min to score 2 goals to stun the Gunners. Liverpool on the other hand defeated the bitter rivals Manchester United quite comfortably 2-0. Both Wenger and Benitez are likely to give a couple of the youngsters a chance.
Midfielder Samir Nasri and Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski are both back from injury and could start. Wenger is touted to start Philippe Senderos and Mikael Silvestre in defence. And Bendtner and Eduardo are likely to head the strike. Not likely to feature (due to injury) are: Tomas Rosicky, Denilson, Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou, Armand Traore
Mascherano is out after receiving a red card over the weekend against United. Torres is still not 100% fit so he is likely to be benched, and Spanish teammate Reira is still struggling with hamstring injury. Captain Gerrard is also still out and will not feature. Alberto Aquilani is tipped to make his debut after spending 6weeks recovering from a knee operation. In defense, Andrea Dossena and Sotirios Kyrgiakos are both available again.