Arsene Wenger says that his team selection against Sp*rs in the FA Cup today will have to be balanced by the longer term needs of the team.
Although the manager is keen to make up for last season’s defeat to Blackburn in the same competition, he says that there’s a concern that playing certain players may cause them pick up, or aggravate existing, injuries.
“We have one or two who are at the limit because they played many, many games,” he said, “and there is a big danger they could be injured.
“They will be rested but, apart from that, you want to win the game and we have a big break after this match.”
With the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Carl Jenkinson and perhaps Serge Gnabry set to start, the boss has backed his side to make up for the disappointment of going out of the cup so early last season.
“Honestly I still have in my mind the fact that we went out last year at home against Blackburn, that was not good enough for us and we have to make sure we absolutely put the effort in to have the chance to go through.
“It’s an opportunity that we want to take. On top of that, afterwards we have nine days until the next Premier League game so we can give absolutely everything in this game.”
Wenger also made his usual call for respect towards a former player when they return, but there’s no doubt Emmanuel Adebayor – a man about as popular as finding pus-filled warts on the top of your mickey – will get plenty of stick from the home crowd.
A 5.15 kick off, after a full day of drinking, should make for a tasty atmosphere too. Let’s hope it all goes off peacefully and that the Sp*rs fans have a miserable trudge home to their swamp.