Arsene Wenger is not underestimating the threat of Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup tomorrow, but has hinted he’ll rest some of his more overworked players for the game.
The cup presents the club’s best chance at a trophy this season, but the manager is clearly mindful of Bayern Munich on Tuesday and the importance of the Premier League schedule.
At his pre-game press conference, he said, “The players who will not start are the players who have played many games recently. “I will not take a risk with the rest of the season in mind.
“We are favourites, Blackburn have nothing to lose and they have a squad of Premier League players.”
Thomas Vermaelen is “90/10” to make his return to the team after an ankle injury picked up against Liverpool, while Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny are rated 50/50.
It’s likely Wenger will err on the side of caution with regard both players, while the likes of Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho, back from the African Cup of Nations, could all start.
Arsenal are without the suspended Carl Jenkinson.
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