Unai Emery says he’ll definitely rotate his squad for Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace as the Gunners look to secure a third win in six days.
Consecutive 1-0 victories away at Watford on Monday in the Premier League and against Napoli on Thursday in the Europa League mean we continue to chase Champions League qualification on two fronts into the final weeks of the season.
While the Spaniard wouldn’t want it any other way, he admits he now has to balance playing time between his squad to avoid further injuries. In a blow, Aaron Ramsey’s picked up a hamstring problem in Italy and is at risk of missing several games.
After the win over Napoli, he said: “It’s very important now for the players to have some rotation because some players are injured and after the match today we need different players with a new energy.
“Sunday is going to be very difficult, and also we continue without Sokratis because he is suspended.
“Some of the players who played today maybe cannot play on Sunday. We want to play a lot of matches, difficult matches, but we need to prepare well.
“Now it’s important to rest and tomorrow we will work with some of the players who didn’t play today. Then we will prepare in the right condition for this match.”
For starters, Bernd Leno will return in goal and Shkodran Mustafi, who didn’t feature in Naples, will likely be restored to the starting lineup. It wouldn’t be surprising to see us line up with a back four and for one of the strikers to drop to the bench. You’d also expect Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi to feature.