The League Cup remains the only domestic trophy Arsene Wenger has not won during his tenure at Arsenal – reaching four semi-finals and earning two runner-up medals as far as he has gotten.

He’ll get his chance to rectify this once more when his side begin their 2017/18 League Cup campaign with a tie against third division Doncaster Rovers at the Emirates on Wednesday.

The competition now known as the Carabao Cup has often been used as an opportunity to give younger and fringe players an opportunity to get some game time in the past, and with Wenger looking to keep a sizable squad in good spirits, that is what you can expect from this tie.

As was the case in the Europa League, the Gunners will see some rotation, with David Ospina, Mohamed Elneny and, seeking his 100th goal for the club, Olivier Giroud amongst the likely starters.

Also in contention for his first start since returning from loan at Bournemouth last season is Jack Wilshire, who made his return to Arsenal’s senior team in a strong cameo against Cologne in the 3-1 European win.

Highly-rated youngster Reiss Nelson, who impressed during preseason, may get a chance to make his first appearance in a competitive line-up, so it will be interesting to see how the 17-year-old English midfielder performs if selected.

He could well be joined in the team by fellow English youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was praised for his promising and commanding performance in the centre of the field during Arsenal’s first Europa League tie.

Alexis Sanchez may get an opportunity to increase his playing time and match fitness at some point during the game, after not being selected to start at the weekend and still re-establishing his reputation at the Emirates following his tumultuous Summer.

In defence, a shake-up can be expected from the weekend’s team, with Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding likely to start as a trio at the back, with the aforementioned Nelson and Maitland-Niles flanking them on the wings further up the pitch.

It seems likely Wilshire and Elneny will partner each other in the centre of the field, with Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi in front of them and Giroud the talisman at the top of the side.

Not anticipated to be making an appearance is Mesut Ozil, who missed the game against Chelsea with a knee injury and is unlikely to be risked in this fixture as his fitness may still be an issue.

The news that Danny Welbeck’s groin injury sustained at Stamford Bridge is worse than expected is disheartening for fans, as the forward looked good playing behind Alexandre Lacazette against the Blues. Arsene Wenger conceded that the injury “was not an easy one”, which can only be presumed to mean that Welbeck faces another spell out, meaning he will not be in contention to play against Rovers.

With another important Premier League fixture on the horizon with West Bromwich Albion coming to the Emirates on Saturday, league starters such as Petr Cech, Lacazette, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey are all unlikely to play a part in the match, which may give a chance for younger players to make an impression in their stead.

In terms of the opposition, and with no disrespect to Doncaster Rovers, this is a game that Arsenal should be winning. While the League One side have already won two cup games to reach this stage, they have recorded one win in the League this season leaving them in 19th position.

Previous rounds have seen Rovers come out as 3-2 winners away to Bradford City at the Northern Commercials Stadium and an impressive 2-0 home victory against Championship side Hull City in the most recent round, but Premier League Arsenal are expected to be to much for the side.

Manager Darren Ferguson’s side, who were promoted from League two last season, lost their previous game 1-0 at home to Scunthorpe and will be looking to register their first win in six games away at Plymouth Argyle, on the Saturday.

With this being the case, the former Peterborough United manager’s team will be able to go out and freely enjoy this match against one of England’s biggest names, with Rovers fullback Matty Blair saying “The gaffer has said that the game against Plymouth is more important than the game against Arsenal and he is spot on with that, we will enjoy Wednesday as best we can but we have to keep an eye on Plymouth”.

Arsenal and Doncaster Rovers have previously played against each other eight times, with the Gunners winning seven of those encounters and losing once. The last time the teams faced was a memorable League Cup fifth round tie in 2005, with Arsenal winning on penalties following a 2-2 draw, with Gilberto Silva scoring a last minute of extra-time equaliser to bring the game to spot kicks.

Arsenal will be hoping to continue a good month so far at the club, improving upon a poor start to the season. The momentum from wins at Bournemouth and Cologne, and a respectable draw at Chelsea - where Arsenal had perhaps their best performance of the season in many respects - can continue with the beginning of what could potentially be a cup run for the North Londoners.

Arsenal host Doncaster Rovers at the Emirates Stadium in the 3rd round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, September 20th with kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm.