Arsene Wenger has surprisingly revealed that he won’t relaxation key gamers for his or her away journey to Ostersund within the spherical of 32 conflict of the Europa League this Thursday (15 February) as Arsenal should not have any sport scheduled for the weekend, having been knocked out of the FA Cup within the third spherical by Nottingham Forest.
The Gunners have beforehand fielded a totally completely different eleven for the group stage matches, focusing the primary alternative crew for the league.
Their weekend loss to Tottenham implies that the Europa is now their greatest likelihood to get into the Champions League, replicating what Manchester United managed to attain final season. The Pink Devils completed sixth within the league however gained the Europa League, which allowed them direct entry into Europe’s prime membership competitors this season.
They’re presently seven factors adrift of Tottenham, with solely 11 video games left within the season. The Gunners fought toe to toe with Spurs within the first half and have been unfortunate to have gone into the break with out something to point out for his or her efforts.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan received into a number of good positions to play in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang however didn’t profit from the alternatives, one thing which was later mentioned by Wenger.
Wilshere additionally performed in Aubameyang within the first half however the Gabon worldwide was deemed offside in what was a really tight name by the linesman.
The Gunners had a possibility to stage the sport on the finish by Alexandre Lacazette, who was offered with two gilt-edged possibilities, however the Frenchman didn’t make use of the alternatives at hand, leaving the Gunners seven factors behind Spurs.
This was their third consecutive away loss within the league, having earlier misplaced to Bournemouth and Swansea, that means that they need to put all their eggs within the Europa League basket to have a preventing likelihood of qualifying for Europe.
Wenger revealed that he would have fielded a aggressive crew in opposition to the Swedish membership anyway, stressing that they should win their subsequent sport on the again of an away report, which is the worst that has ever been beneath his stewardship.
“I’d have anyway gone for it, particularly as we have now no sport between the 2 matches,” Wenger mentioned, earlier than admitting freer schedule solely additional permits that, as quoted by the Independent. “I’ll play the traditional crew as a result of it is among the alternatives we have now particularly as a result of we do not play within the FA Cup.
“Now we have to win the subsequent sport. Our report since I have been at Arsenal is among the worst away from residence. Definitely the worst since I am in England. That does not work, we have now to play a lot better away from residence and make superior outcomes if we wish to have an opportunity to return again.”