LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal made eight changes from the side that beat Crystal Palace in the EPL at the weekend for tonight’s Capital One League Cup – 4th round clash with Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.
Midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla and defender Laurent Koscielny are the only three players who kept their place in the starting side, as manager Arsene Wenger made a wholesale of changes.
Among them are Thomas Vermaelen, who gets a rare start in the backline, Ryo Miyaichi and Nicklas Bendtner, who leads the attacking line.
Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky also start, while Chu-Young Park is on the bench with Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud.
Jose Mourinho makes 10 changes changes to the Chelsea team that beat Manchester City on Sunday, with only center-back Gary Cahill keeping his place in the team.
Getting starts tonight are Willian, Juan Mata, Samuel Eto’o, David Luiz and Michael Essien.
Fernando Torres is on the bench, so too is Demba Ba and Eden Hazard.
Arsenal v Chelsea
Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Monreal, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Rosicky, Miyaichi, Bendtner
Subs: Sagna, Ozil, Giroud, Viviano, Park, Hayden, Yennaris
Chelsea: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, Essien, Mikel, De Bruyne, Mata, Willian, Eto’o
Subs: Ivanovic, Ramires, Torres, Hazard, Ba, Kalas, Blackman
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)