Arsène Wenger will demonstrate his determination to win the Capital One Cup by taking his full Premier League squad to League Two Bradford City for their quarter-final on Tuesday night.
The manager has regularly named more experimental squads in the competition, including for their two ties this season, against Coventry City and Reading. But he will make only minor tweaks to the 18-man group that secured the vital Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Olivier Giroud is out suffering from a kick to the back, and Marouane Chamakh will come into the squad with Andrey Arshavin. Wenger said the reserve goalkeeper Vito Mannone is also "back in the squad". But he is ready to start with Wojciech Szczesny in goal and his usual back four, along with a strong midfield which could feature Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Wenger is without the injured Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby, André Santos, Laurent Koscielny and Lukasz Fabianski.
Arsenal sense opportunity in the Capital One Cup, having failed to win a trophy since 2005, while they are eager to build on the victory over West Bromwich ahead of the festive season's programme. Their next game is not until Monday of next week at Reading and, after that, they face Wigan Athletic, West Ham United, Newcastle United and Southampton, although the West Ham game on Boxing Day could be postponed because of planned industrial action on the London Underground.
"We will have an experienced squad at Bradford," Wenger said, which should please the 4,500 Arsenal fans who are expected to travel. "We have a good recovery time ahead of the Reading game on Monday so we can use the players we want to use. We take every competition as an opportunity but, of course, the way is shorter now, so that is why we focus on that."