By Amir Mir
Arsenal should trust in youth and make ten changes when they welcome Reading to the Emirates for the EFL Cup tie on Tuesday night.
First team regulars, Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Shkrodan Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Mohammed Elneny, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez should all be rested.
Manager Arsene Wenger should opt for a more youthful line-up against the Championship outfit on home soil, with a number of significant league fixtures coming up for the north London club.
Academy products Francis Coquelin Chuba Akpom, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Gedion Zelalem, Ashley Maitland-Niles, Krystian Bielik, Emiliano Martinez and youthful summer signing Rob Holding should be given the opportunity to stake a first-team place.
Academy graduate Alex Iwobi has proven that his path into the first-team can be followed, as the Nigerian international is now a integral figure of the Gunners title push this season.
Striker Giroud needs to start up front, so he can get up and running for the season, as he will be a vital squad asset, if Arsenal are to win any trophies this term.
Attacking trio Akpom, Reine-Adelaide and Oxlade-Chamberlain will provide a variety of threat, with their power, pace and ability on the ball.
Additionally, Zelalem should be partnered by Francis Coquelin in midfield to provide a balance between youthful vigour and wise old head.
In defence the highly-rated Bielik should be given an opportunity, alongside Holding, with the pace of Maitland-Niles and Gibbs at full-back.
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