Unai Emery says he’ll pick the best players available to him for tomorrow night’s North London derby with Sp*rs, but hinted at some measure of rotation which would see him use some of the young players in his sqad.
The Gunners face the old enemy in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup with some injuries to contend with after a gruelling recent schedule, and with upcoming games against Burnley, Brighton and Liverpool in the Premier League it seems like he’s going to shuffle his pack.
Speaking ahead of the game, the Spaniard made it clear he wasn’t taking the opposition for granted in any way as he looks for a second derby success in as many weeks.
“Our first idea is that we play with the best players that we can use tomorrow in this derby,” he said.
“The opposition is very big and it’s demanding a big performance from us tomorrow. We can use some young players because we think with a big performance, they can help us win tomorrow.
“I say to them that in every match, we need to respect the opposition. Against Southampton, against Tottenham, against Manchester United, against Huddersfield, it’s the same.
“This respect is by playing with a big motivation and a lot of excitement to win against them. We must respect this emotion in every moment.
“The emotion is not bad. I think showing our emotion, the players, the fans and me, is good, but every time we must respect them.”
The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Petr Cech, and Alexandre Lacazette could all start, supplemented by some young talent.
17 year Bukayo Saka trained with the first team and is expected to be included in the matchday squad.