Tonight's under-21 game could be a very exciting night for Arsenal fans.
Arsenal play Reading in an under-21 match tonight, and here are five reasons Arsenal fans should be excited about the match
Bacary Sagna is tipped to make his comeback
Carl Jenkinson has been superb for Arsenal early on this season, but it should be remembered his opportunity has come only because of the broken leg suffered by Bacary Sagna at the end of last season which also ruled the Frenchman out of Euro 2012. Sagna has been undergoing rehabilitation, and Arsene Wenger has confirmed the right-back will be involved tonight. The manager said: "He has been in training for a week now so he should be capable of playing for an hour.”
Jack Wilshere to make second appearance
Just over a week on from making his long awaited return from a 14 month lay-off, Jack Wilshere in pencilled in for his second appearance for the under-21s. The midfielder played 63 minutes against West Brom last week, and he will be aiming to go one better this time around, and last longer, even if 90 minutes may be a stretch. Wenger said: "Jack is doing very well but we need to be a bit patient."
Another look at exciting starlet Serge Gnabry
Arsene Wenger has singled out German starlet Serge Gnabry for recent praise, commenting he could force his way into the first team this season, despite being just 17. He was selected for the recent Capital One Cup squad for the match against Coventry, and had an exciting late cameo off the bench, impressing with his pace and direct running. The winger is expected to line-up tonight, and playing alongside Wilshere and Sagna will be of benefit to him when he makes the step up.
Midfield 'Dench'man Frimpong continues comeback trail
Jack Wilshere's midfield partner will be another player continuing his return from injury, Emmanuel Frimpong. The Ghanaian is slightly further along than Wilshere, having started the game against Coventry last month. He also played the last u-21 match against West Brom, featuring for 70 minutes, and Arsenal are again taking the patient approach with him. This will be another chance for him to show what he can do and stake claim for a first team appearance.
An old name but new face is reunited with the club
Arsenal will be reunited with a familiar name tonight, a defender by the name of Keown. It is Niall Keown who is the son of the former Arsenal centre-back, and also plays in the same position for Reading's under-21. If he plays like his father, then Arsenal's attackers will certainly not be in for an easy night.
The match kicks-off at 7pm at Barnet tonight
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