Wimbledon boss praises top-quality Arsenal squad

AFC Wimbledon Head Coach Mark Robinson during the EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Morecambe and AFC Wimbledon at the Globe Arena, Morecambe, England on 11 September 2021. Copyright: Paul Thompson
AFC Wimbledon Head Coach Mark Robinson during the EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Morecambe and AFC Wimbledon at the Globe Arena, Morecambe, England on 11 September 2021. Copyright: Paul Thompson

AFC Wimbledon boss Mark Robinson believes Arsenal will have top-quality players on the pitch regardless of Mikel Arteta’s selection on Wednesday.

Mikel Arteta Arsenal head coach at the EPL match Arsenal v Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September, 2021.
Mikel Arteta Arsenal head coach at the EPL match Arsenal v Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September 2021.

Arsenal take on AFC Wimbledon at the Emirates Stadium in the League Cup on Wednesday, following their 6-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the second round of the competition.

Against West Brom, Arsenal named a very strong side, particularly in attacking areas. But there were a number of circumstances that explained that.

For a start, Arsenal were out of form and needed a win to get the season going. Even if it was against a rotated West Brom side.

Hat-trick hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was recovering from a Covid-19 absence and needed a game, Bukayo Saka was building fitness after his extended Euros holiday, Martin Odegaard was getting settled after completing his transfer, and so on.

This time will be different. Arsenal have a North London derby to prepare for, and AFC Wimbledon are another step down the football pyramid, and it’s a home game. Arteta is much more likely to rotate, as highlighted in our predicted lineup.

Even so, Wimbledon boss Mark Robinson thinks a rotated team would still contain plenty of talent and ability.

“They’ve got quality throughout their squad,” Robinson told Sky Sports News. “They’re all top-quality players. There’s never going to be a weak Arsenal side no matter what side they put out.”

Some Arsenal fans would probably disagree with that assessment, having seen some of the performances this season so far. But Wimbledon are in League One, so a weakened Arsenal team should still expect to progress on Wednesday night.