The League Cup kicks off in earnest with Brentford visiting The Emirates, and those who will be attending have a rare opportunity to see some lesser-seen faces in our squad.

Unai Emery will surely use this tie to stretch the legs of those not able to force their way into first team matters this season, but any notion that the team will be one packed with youth is sorely mistaken.

Thanks to our recruitment drive this summer, our Spanish coach has plenty of resources to call upon, and the Carabao Cup represents a chance to win silverware in his debut season, which would be a real fillip to his longevity in the role.

There could be as many as eleven changes to the side that defeated Everton, and most of us will be keen to see who makes the lineup.

In goal, Bernd Leno could get the nod again after starting against Vorskla, which would make the German our designated cup keeper. Emi Martinez is also in line to start and is a worthy option.

In defence, Rob Holding took over from the injured Sokratis in the weekend, and the former Bolton defender could again take a place in the lineup. Konstandinos Mavropanos would have been a good shout to start, but the young Greek defender was suffering from a  small injury and may not make the cut in time to prove his fitness. If that is the case, then Shkodran Mustafi could play, or Mohamed Elneny could slot in like he did last season.

With Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Laurent Koscielny and Sead Kolasinac still out, our defensive options are limited. We should see Stephane Lichtsteiner though, who will add his considerable experience to the equation and settle things in an unsettled lineup. The Swiss man could play on the left so Monreal can rest, with the fit-again and forgotten Carl Jenkinson available to fill in on the right of the defence.

We do have home advantage and we will be expected to take the game to Brentford, who are a league below us - but the Bees are flying high in the Championship. Dean Smith has his unfancied side playing some vibrant football, and could spring a surprise.

That is why we need to take this game seriously and take our chances, as well as stiffen up the midfield to combat the Bees runners. Jo Willock could get his first start in this game. Matteo Guendouzi is also a good shout to play, but much will depend on if Elneny is called upon in defence.

In attack, we have plenty of fresh legs who will be raring to go. A near certainty to start will be Danny Welbeck, and young Eddie Nketiah is also a great shout to play after continuing his goal-scoring form for the Under-23’s. One name everyone will be busting to see is the exciting and considerable talent of Emile Smith-Rowe.

The teenager has been part of first-team plans since pre-season, where he lit up the side with his effervescent displays. Smith-Rowe could be part of the three behind Welbeck or Nketiah. Alex Iwobi is another who could make the side.

Brentford boss Dean Smith could also rotate his side, with the fixture list of the Championship a hectic one. With his side in the mix for the promotion spots, will he risk his key men in this fixture? Or will he play them as they will want to face off against a side with the stature of Arsenal?

Brentford currently sit just one win from top spot, but are on the outskirts of the play-off places, such is the level of competition in this relentless league. Smith knows that form is everything too, but his side lost their last game, and drew the one before. He will be keen to see a decent fight from his men, and could use this match as an incentive to those who want to keep their place in the side. Top scorer Neil Maupay will surely start if that is the case.

Their weekend fixture is a home one, with Reading visiting Griffin Park. Smith must find the balance between giving this fixture the focus it needs, and keeping the wheels on a promotion push, which must surely be the main target.

Meanwhile, Unai Emery must juggle the hopes of winning a cup, with maintaining our rise up the Premier League table. With the Europa League in full swing, it means fixtures coming every three to four days. Our squad will most likely be utilised fully in this game, and our fringe players need to step up and show they are ready if called upon.

There are no recent previous fixtures to gauge how this will end - the last time these two faced each other was in 1947, with Arsenal winning 1-0 at Griffin Park

Predicted Lineup - Martinez, Jenkinson, Holding, Mavropanos, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Guendouzi, Smith-Rowe, Welbeck, Iwobi, Nketiah.

Predicted Scoreline - 3-1 to The Arsenal