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Arsenal injury list ahead of Blackpool EFL Cup clash

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery is likely to make wholesale alterations to his side for Wednesday's Carabao Cup fourth round clash with Blackpool.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is in contention after recovering from a leg fracture while Laurent Koscielny is also back in training but may be too short of fitness to make a comeback from his Achilles injury.

Emery has been suffering a crisis at left-back over the past two games, with midfielder Granit Xhaka forced to fill-in at full back against Sporting Lisbon and Crystal Palace.

However, if either Nacho Monreal or Sead Kolasinac overcome respective hamstring niggles they are not expected to be risked.

On the other flank a muscular injury will see Hector Bellerin miss out and Emery must decide whether Bernd Leno or fit-again Petr Cech starts in goal.

Otherwise the Gunners are likely to give first team experiences to youngsters such as Joe Willock, Ashley Maitland-Niles, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah.

Arsenal's provisional squad for Blackpool
Leno, Cech, Martinez, Jenkinson, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Elneny, Torreira, Guendouzi, Willock, Ramsey, Smith Rowe, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nketiah.

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