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Zenit sign Bart Simpson

The Toe Poke 12 hours ago
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Oct 30, 2012

Arsenal name changed squad

Arsene Wenger has named a changed squad for Arsenal's trip to Reading in the Capital One Cup.

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Jack Wilshere is a notable omission. After making his long-awaited comeback in the 1-0 Premier League win against QPR at the weekend the midfielder is rested, hinting that he is in line for a start against Manchester United this weekend.

Captain Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla are also notable absentees from the 18-man squad as Arsenal look to give their fringe players a run out.

Andrey Arshavin, Theo Walcott, Marouane Chamakh and Olivier Giroud are all included, alongside a host of youthful talent, and will be keen to impress their manager given the chance.

Wenger has already hinted that the game against the Royals is an opportunity for Arshavin to force his way back into his first-team plans, telling the club's official website: "Andrey comes in every day and practices well, he is focused and wants to do well. I insist on this, because it was questioned and it is completely unjustified. In this case perception is not reality.

"He is a classy player and a top professional with a great attitude. You could see that when he came on [against QPR], his brightness and his intelligence with the final ball is fantastic."

Full Arsenal squad: James Shea, Damian Martinez, Hector Bellerin, Carl Jenkinson, Ignasi Miquel, Nico Yennaris, Laurent Koscielny, Sebastien Squillaci, Johan Djourou, Francis Coquelin, Jernade Meade, Serge Gnabry, Andrey Arshavin, Emmanuel Frimpong, Thomas Eisfeld, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Marouane Chamakh.

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