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Arsenal Announces Alarmingly-First-Team-Free Roster for West Brom Match

"remember me?!" - Laurence Griffiths

Given that Arsenal's currently in four competitions and the team's Legion of Hurt People is growing, a mid-week Capital One Cup Third Round match against West Brom seems like a fine time to rest starters. The just-released roster on the official Arsenal site, however, reveals a side that is alarmingly-first-team-free, even by Capital One Cup Third Round standards. Stalwarts being held out of today's roster include Szczesny, Özil, Giroud, Ramsey, Wilshere, Koscielny, Gibbs, and Sagna.

Players you're likely to see on the pitch this afternoon include Mikel Arteta, who made a late sub cameo back from injury this past Sunday, Thomas Vermaelen (who's finally back on a roster after his injury, and likely to join Nacho, BFG, and Jenks in a not-at-all-terrifying back four), new goalie signing Emiliano Viviano (unless the more familiar-with-the-team-and-all Fabianski gets the nod), and Nicklas Bendtner, who was linked with 427 different teams in the summer transfer window but couldn't come to terms with any of them, so he's ours still. (By the way, he's switched out his familiar, possibly-cursed 52 for a snazzy new 23.)

Also, speaking of high jersey numbers, Kristoffer Olssen (53) and Alex Iwobi (60) will be sitting in the cushy chairs by the sideline, which they don't do all that often.

Your full squad for today:

4 Per Mertesacker
5 Thomas Vermaelen
8 Mikel Arteta
13 Emiliano Viviano
17 Nacho Monreal
20 Mathieu Flamini
21 Lukasz Fabianski
23 Nicklas Bendtner
25 Carl Jenkinson
30 Ju-Young Park
31 Ryo
37 Chuba Akpom
40 Hector Bellerin
42 Thomas Eisfeld
44 Serge Gnabry
45 Isaac Hayden
53 Kristoffer Olsson
60 Alex Iwobi

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