With Arsenal guaranteed top spot in Group B, manager Arsene Wenger will take the opportunity to rest a number of big-name players for the visit of Ajax.
Captain Sol Campbell will join Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires, Gilberto and goalkeeper Jens Lehmann will all miss the match as Wenger introduces a number of youngsters into his line-up.
Among those on show tonight include Dutch forward Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Sebastian Larsson, Manuel Almunia, Emmanuel Eboue and Aleksandr Hleb – all of whom are expected to start.
“This is a good opportunity to bounce back after that defeat (v Bolton on Saturday) and show the right kind of reaction,” Wenger said.
With second place in the group wrapped up, Ajax intend to enjoy the experience, claims midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
“Highbury is beautiful and it will be the last time our players play here [before Arsenal move to a new home],” said Sneijder.
“That gives us a big reason to win and it would be nice to go back to the Netherlands with a good result.”
Coach Danny Blind is also hoping his team draw valuable experience from the game. ”
It is a pity we are not fighting for first place – then we would have an extra go, but this experience will be good for us,” he said.
“We are a young side and playing Arsenal will be a great experience for them.”
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