Arsene Wenger has hinted he’ll rotate his squad for Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Swansea.
Speaking at his pre-game press conference, the manager said, “I’ll play the team that I think has the best chance to win the game.”
Which is kind of what he says when he mixes things up a bit. The reality, however, is that given the way the squad is currently there’s little scope for much rotation.
Although Andre Santos and Abou Diaby are back in training they won’t be ready for Sunday, and unless the manager is going to use players he’s already deemed surplus to requirements, like Chamakh, Arshavin and Squillaci, then the changes he can make are minimal.
Tomas Rosicky could make his second start of the season, while Francis Coquelin could fill a berth in midfield. The cup represents Arsenal’s best chance of silverware this season, but they face a Swansea side who beat them quite comfortably, if a bit late, at the Emirates in December.
And Wenger is backing his team to show their mettle, saying, “We have rebuilt a team and we have to show that we can be consistent now.
“The FA Cup is special. It’s exciting and watched all over the world.”
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