‘Arsenal have got the strongest squad in the Premier League’

Date published: Tuesday 25th October 2016 9:48

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Arsenal have the chance to prove the have the best squad in the Premier League when they face Reading, suggests Charlie Nicholas.

Championship outfit Reading visit the Emirates on Tuesday night in the fourth round of the League Cup, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger expected to make wholesale changes to the side which drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough on Saturday.

However, former Arsenal hero and TV pundit Nicholas expects his former club to show their quality.

“Arsenal have got the strongest squad in Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.

“The sort of players who come in here are experienced and should be ready to step up for the first team and seize on a disappointing result at the weekend.

“Olivier Giroud will probably get a run out and you’ve also got Lucas Perez, Kieran Gibbs, David Ospina, Rob Holding and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is looking more influential.”

And Nicholas is excited to see one player in particular be handed an opportunity to impress.

“There’s a few I’d like to see get a chance,” he added.

“One is the boy Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who I’ve only seen glimpses of but looks like he could be the next Alex Iwobi, and Mohamed Elneny is another one.

“Reading are still learning under Jaap Stam and I see no excuses for the Gunners, who will still have plenty of experience, so I’m expecting those who disappointed at the weekend to be pushed for their places in a comfortable win.”

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