Ahead of Tuesday night’s Papa John’s Trophy Round of 32 clash with Arsenal Under 21s, we catch up with boss Steve Evans…
Stevenage were victorious against Tottenham Hotspur Under 21s in the tournament’s Group Stage in October, but it is their North London rivals who stand in Boro’s way from the last sixteen.
Following wins away at Northampton Town and Cambridge United in the previous stage, the young Gunners have already proved a tough test for EFL opponents.
“Arsenal will have plenty of talent on show and we are very much aware of that”, said Steve Evans. “They qualified with some eye-catching results and performances, away at a couple of difficult places to go”.
Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Grimsby Town saw the manager make two changes from his starting line-up and is expected to make further amendments to his team on Tuesday.
“We want to win the game. We will obviously make changes to the starting team, but those changes will be limited with the short-term injuries we have at present within the squad”.
Just twenty minutes by train from Stevenage to the Emirates Stadium, it is no secret that we have a fair share of Arsenal supporters within the town.
“Arsenal are a world class football club and have a worldwide fan base. It will be superb for all the youngsters in our town and surrounding areas to watch their young talent at close quarters.
We hope our performance can attract a number of those Arsenal fans to turn up and support us during the World Cup break, and hopefully develop a new love for the professional football club on their doorstep”.