Unai Emery says the demands of playing in four competitions means he’ll be giving time to some players who haven’t had a lot of minutes on the pitch this season.
The Gunners face FC Vorskla at the Emirates tomorrow night ahead of a Premier League showdown with Everton on Sunday, and much like Arsene Wenger did last season it looks as if the Spaniard will mix it up in Europe.
There are likely to be starts for the likes of Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichsteiner, Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi and Mohamed Elneny – wile there are whispers that Lucas Torreira could make his first start for the club.
The new boss outlined his thinking at his pre-game press conference.
“We have four competitions this season,” he said. “Tomorrow is the Europa League, Sunday is Premier League, then it’s Carabao Cup and then we’re going to play in FA Cup.
“I want the same thing for every player because each match is important. The second situation is that we need to give minutes to the players who can produce the best performance for us.
“The best 11 will play tomorrow so that we can continue to improve in our way both tactically and individually.
“What’s important for us is to produce a winning performance but also to continue to improve.
“Tomorrow we are going to change things to give players the opportunity to find minutes, to find confidence on the pitch and then maybe tomorrow’s players can play on Sunday too.”
With Konstantinos Mavropanos injured, there will be some senior presence at the centre of the defence, while according to our youth correspondent Jeorge Bird, young left-back Dominic Thompson trained with the first team today as Nacho Monreal is the only available specialist in that position.