One of the best teams in League Two travel south for London this week and Shrewsbury Town might fancy their chances of a Carling Cup upset against a young Arsenal team when the pair meet at the Emirates Stadium.
The Shrews have long been knocking on the promotion door and perhaps this is the season where Graham Turner’s side reach the third division, having claimed 17 points from their first 9 games.
The Shropshire side have already stunned Derby County by winning at Pride Park in a previous round and can be backed at 11/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to claim victory against an Arsenal side that is likely to be showing eleven changes from the weekend.
Arsene Wenger has always used this competition to blood young players and the Gunners have several talented players on the books that often excel when given a chance against lower-league opposition.
Despite the first team’s poor start to the campaign, the bookies aren’t expecting too many slip-ups and Wenger will make sure some quality back-up is on the bench should things start turning pear-shaped.
Marouane Chamakh is likely to get a start against the Shrews, with Yossi Benayoun and Francis Coquelin also involved. Shrews manager Turner is looking for a proud performance from his side, stating: “The enjoyment of playing at the Emirates will come from us putting on a show while, hopefully, also retaining some dignity which might be reflected in the final score.”