The draw for the third round of the FA Youth Cup has been made, with Arsenal to face Cheltenham Town or Portsmouth away in December.
Last season the young Gunners were knocked out by West Bromwich Albion at the quarter-finals stage.
For this season players born between September 1st 2001 and September 1st 2004 are eligible to feature. Here’s a look at how Arsenal could line up.
Arthur Okonkwo would most probably start in usual circumstances but he hasn’t played this season due to injury, while Tom Smith is also sidelined.
Karl Hein could well start in goal despite being a regular for the U23s, with Hubert Graczyk providing backup.
Both Matthew Dennis and Ryan Alebiosu are capable of playing at right-back, but the latter seems slightly more comfortable in a more advanced position, so Dennis could start in defence.
At centre-back, Mazeed Ogungbo will almost certainly start, with Dan Oyegoke an option to partner him, although Alex Kirk will also be pushing for a start.
Joel Lopez, who featured in this competition last season, seems certain to start at left-back.
Miguel Azeez, Arsenal’s standout scholar, will start, and Ben Cottrell may drop down from the U18s to partner him.
Catalin Cirjan and schoolboy Charlie Patino could well make the bench.
Bukayo Saka is still eligible to play in this competition but seems unlikely to be involved given his first-team commitments, while Kido Taylor-Hart has been ruled out for two months due to injury.
Sam Greenwood will start with Alebiosu and the impressive Nathan Butler-Oyedeji likely to play either side of him, but Alfie Matthews will also be eager to be involved and could be deployed in the number ten position.
Subs: Graczyk, Kirk, Cirjan, Patino, Plange.
Other options: Saka, Flaherty, Ejeheri, Laing, Mitchell, Virginia, Jeffcott, Norton-Cuffy, Awe, Foran, Jones, Flores, Sweet, Sagoe Jr., Bandeira, Gaspar, Vigar, Hutchinson, Edwards.
Injured: Okonkwo, T. Smith, Sraha, Taylor-Hart