Leeds have Bamford injured, and Phillips has been injured and didn't play at all against Wolves. Surely he won't play much in the cup against us. Ayling, Koch and Firpo are injured too. They also have only 3 days to the game.
We have 4 days since our last game, and have 4 days to the next game, and then there will be an international break. I hope Arteta wants to keep our momentum going, and doesn't rotate too much.
I would say Pepe in, as the quality doesn't drop too much. Maybe give Saka a break, he has been hit a lot recently etc. Holding could also play, Gabriel has been very good and is our clear LCB, so he could rest, but CB's don't get too much strain.
Maybe Martinelli for ESR and so on. Ødegaard in too.
I want good Cup runs or trophies without Europe, even if this is the worst cup.
Our best chance of a trophy. We won't need our best XI to win this, whatever that might be, as they won't have theirs.
Be good to start Martinelli and give some minutes to the likes of Kolasinac and Cedric, after all they are being paid. Nketiah if he is around and Balogun should also feature and AMN needs game time. Holding is going to get rusty too.
A mix of realism and what I want, I'd rather not see Mari and go with Cedric RB with Chambers partnering Holding but Mik will insist on his left footed LCB. If I see Elneny I will pay no attention to this match at all. I think Balogun is way too far down the pecking order to be considered. Ødegaard needs a good performance in this one and the three forwards all have something to prove.