The Don’s are going to the Emirates as they face Arsenal in the third round of the EFL Cup. With AFC Wimbledon being obvious underdogs, the pressure is on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side to come away with a convincing win after only scoring once in the premier league this season after four games. On the other hand, AFC Wimbledon currently are flying in league one. After only one defeat in the first seven games, the Dons have aspirations beyond league one and are aiming for promotion this season.
On paper, the game is quite a mismatch. The blinding pace of Nicolas Pepe or perhaps the clinical finishing ability of Alexandre Lacazette, who has struggled to get minutes this season would look to be quite the challenge for AFC Wimbledon’s defence. James Green (Sky Sports presenter) believed that Arsenal will be “quite dangerous in the competition.” Due to a lack of “European football,” Arsenal will be able to field “a lot of experienced players” against AFC Wimbledon and James Green believes Lacazette and other experienced players will “probably start.”
The Don’s have conceded twelve goals in league one this season and six goals coming in their last two games which may prompt a tactical change from manager Mark Robinson. AFC Wimbledon will be looking to midfielder Jack Rudoni to cause Arsenal problems with his offensive play. Rudoni is Don’s joint-top goalscorer with three goals this season and also has an assist to his name. The 20-year-old has demonstrated flair a high passing accuracy and defensive awareness throughout these early stages of the season and the youngster (who is local to Carshalton) will be eager to perform on the big stage where plenty of eyes will be watching.
Streaming for the game is available on the AFC Wimbledon website however tickets are sold out.
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