Arsene Wenger, has stated that EPL clubs can no longer expect to progress in the FA Cup by playing youth-team players against Championship sides.
“I will play quite an experienced team,” he stressed.
Wenger said: “First of all, we lost last Sunday against Chelsea and it is important not to drop our confidence level too much. We have learnt something this season, we went to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup and got quite a severe defeat. We have to show we have learnt from that.”
The manager of Arsenal also added: “Second, we want to do well in the FA Cup and you don’t want to miss an opportunity when you play at home against a Championship team and you don’t win with kids any more unfortunately against the Championship teams. That’s it.”
Meanwhile Wenger has confirmed that the Gunners may not make further signings before the close of the transfer window, but the clubs are in advanced talks to sign two young Nigerians, Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze.
Arsenal have been facing serious difficulties acquiring work permits for 17-year-old attacking midfielder Nwakali and 16-year-old winger Chukwueze as regards Fifa’s strict guidelines to the international transfer of minors.