Arsenal F.C. boss Arsene Wenger has revealed will give his fringe players a chance to show their quality in the Capital One Cup fourth-round clash at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.
The Gunners have not won the competition since defeating Wednesday in the League Cup final in 1993, but Wenger is hoping the likes of Joel Campbell and Calum Chambers can keep his side in contention for silverware this season.
“We want the players who come in to the team to show they are able to make the squad successful, and do absolutely everything to help us win,” Wenger said.
“That’s the job of a footballer. When you get the chance, you have to be ready.”
Arsenal will be without the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, David Ospina, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, and Tomas Rosicky for Tuesday’s trip to Hillsborough, but Per Mertesacker (illness) is available again after missing the Everton game last weekend.
And Wenger has confirmed Joel Campbell will be give an opportunity to showcase his talents.
Though impressing while on loan at Olympiakos in 2013/14, the Costa Rica international, 23, has failed to completely win over Wenger. Nevertheless, the Frenchman has insisted he is still a fan of the 23-year-old forward.
“I like Joel Campbell very much for two reasons,” Wenger said. “One is that he has outstanding individual quality, but he is also a team player. He works very hard for the team.
“I’m convinced he will get a chance here and that he will take it. He has another opportunity against Sheffield Wednesday and I’m hopeful that he will show that he has the quality to play for Arsenal.
“When you get the chance, you have to be ready. To be ready, you have to prepare. I must say that Joel Campbell and Calum Chambers are two players who do absolutely everything right.
“They are prepared, the preparation they have created will give them the confidence against Sheffield Wednesday and I’m confident they will play well.”
And as for Chambers, Wenger believes the player’s versatility is one of his greatest assets.
“Calum can play in midfield, he can play central defender,” he said. “I think in the future he will certainly be a central defender, but he can also play right back.
“That versatility will help him in the future because he will tactically know more about the game, he will be technically better prepared and physically he will be at the top, top level. I’m confident that Calum will be a successful England player.”
Now then, will Campbell and Chambers help the Gunners win the League Cup this season?
Arsenal are priced at 13/2 to win the Capital One Cup in 2015/16.
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