Wenger to give players time off this week

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After what has been a relative hectic schedule recently, somewhat exacerbated by the thin squad having to play a lot of games, Arsene Wenger says he’ll be giving his players a little break ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Sunderland.

The Arsenal manager will be looking for his players to recharge their batteries before the game against Sam Allardyche’s side, and before the next Premier League fixture with Liverpool at Anfield on January 13th.

“Of course I will give them a rest,” he said. “I will give them a couple of days, an extra rest, but you never know what shape they come back in. It depends what you do when you have a rest.

“You can come back more tired!”

It seems unlikely that any of the Arsenal players will do anything to jeopardise their fitness, with Wenger extolling the virtues of experience in his current squad.

“I think we are more experienced than the teams I had when I moved into the stadium here,” he said.

“On our day we could play everybody off the park and when you had to dig deep you experience it was a bit more difficult. It was different.”

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Mean Lean

That is good news. We haven’t played very well since we beat Manchester City. A rested squad and Alexis back might spark the team back into life just in time for some rather tough and tasty fixtures.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Arsène change all 11 (if we have enough players) for that cup game on Saturday.

gooner 44
gooner 44

bring on the JEFF , cant wait.

Mean Lean

Something along the lines of..

Ospina, Debuchy (probably not), Gabriel, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide, Campbell

Aaron
Aaron

Please no, last time we done that we lost 3-0 to Sheffield Wednesday and were played off the park! 4/5 changes and one step closer to a hat trick of fa cups ?

gooner 44
gooner 44

sunderland will go with their best 11 and hit us hard, so one or two youngsters please,but pack the back with experience. 3 cups in a row LETS GO.

Alphie
Alphie

Is el neny getting time off too?

Alphie
Alphie

Is el neny getting time off too? Because he must be exhausted waiting for the work permit

Mean Lean

My other post isn’t showing for some reason (this probably won’t either I’m guessing)

rex
rex

I’d like to think that debuchy would get time off too!

Overmars
Overmars

I’m assuming ‘ Sam Allardyche ‘ is intentional and not a typo.

Uche

That’s what the Walrus called himself in a famous comment bemoaning the fact that the good jobs go to foreign managers.

Tarquin Farquar
Tarquin Farquar

Coq is up and running. How fantastic it would be to have a player back early. A new experience.

Goone's Farm
Goone's Farm

If I recall, Giroud returned early from injury last year. Good times.

Stillmatic
Stillmatic

This is usually the beginning of his late-stage rehabilitation. That buts him on schedule for mid-to-late Feb, as expected.

I wouldn’t read into that as him coming back earlier, though there’s always a chance.

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Happy days are coming COYG

The Only Olivier is Giroud
The Only Olivier is Giroud

Think we’ll get more and more soundbites like these from Wenger where he hints at not only the mental toughness of this side, but the lack thereof during the lean times. We’re still able to Arsenal games (see Zagreb, Saints…) but I think Wenger really enjoys this crop.

MrBrain + Ozil's vision
MrBrain + Ozil's vision

I hope they don’t come out more exhausted than they were… Thank God is not Friday.

isha nla
isha nla

well deserved. hope we see some youth in action next weekend

isha nla
isha nla

hopefully

joseph Funsani
joseph Funsani

Hope they use there rest days properly

Wenger the fashion icon
Wenger the fashion icon

Alexis Sanchez is up and running too. A fully re-charged Alexis Sanchez that is.

Rectum_Spectrum
Rectum_Spectrum

A fully re charged Alexis could help us transition off fosil fuels.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Isn’t Flamini already doing that?

assistantref
assistantref

Where do you think he gets that levulic acid from or whatever it’s called? It’s no coincidence that they finally managed to produce the stuff right after Sanchez joined…

santori
santori

If you watch the Newcastle game, we were far off our best and Ramsey was too far forward, but it was more even a contest than made out by many. Trouble was we did not have enough control of the game. It did not mean we were outmuscled like against Soton.

Giroud should be mentioned for his overall play and another very good (determined) assist.

Also Flamini. Plenty of imbecils will slate him as (again) culprit for our poor performances (much like they like to with Per). But he put in a massive shift in absence of Ramsey at times.

He did not miss much in the central areas I made it a point to note the more important contributions (omitting simple passes in which he only missed one) defensively not bec I think he’s a brilliant DM but I feel many slate him without properly watching/understanding the game or have a bias view regardless –

2:58 Intercept
7:38 Intercept
17:40 Recycled the ball high ip
13:57 A bit of dirty work
16:43 Intercept on Mitrovic
21:34 Another vital intercept
24:27 Recycle/Tidy up
26:22 Vital Clearing header
27:06 Intercept and recycle with excellent pass to Giroud
29:33 Clearance to Ozil
33:30 Block high up pitch
34:40 Good first time pass initiate attack
58:08 Bails out Bellerin
73:22 Important block
81:07 Dodgy Karate kick plus plenty of hand gesturing thereafter
83:38 Intercept
83:44 Critical clearance

I think it is useful for people to watch the game again to form a proper judgement. Too often when you watch it the first time live, your heart is in your mouth and it may colour judgement somewhat. In hindsight, the game was poor but not as bad as some would suggest. It was too open for us to be in control which is the main issue but we were competitive on the other end with chances too, just should have been sharper. On their part, apart from two chances after second half , the rest of those shots on goal were tame efforts.

And never listen to a Newcastle fan. Some of the most deluded fans on the planet, they thought they were a ‘big club’. Got rid of Bobby Robson and have been on the down slide since. 😀

That said, we have to be MUCH better with the flurry of games coming up. MUCH better.