In Arsenal’s first two Champions League games against Zagreb and Olympiakos, Arsene Wenger played practically his full reserve team and still expected to win both of them. But, as we found out, we lost all six points and now have a mountain to climb to qualify out of the Group and into knockout stages.
In fact if you look at this excellent mathematical prediction chart from BonusCodeBets,you can see that the Gunners have just a 37.76% chance of progressing, while Olympiakos have a 62.68% chance of going through. It is a sad fact that even if we win, our chances totally hinge on the game in Munich where we want to see Olympiakos get soundly beaten. A draw will scupper our chances completely.
Looking at the tired remnants of our first team squad yesterday struggling against West Brom, should we even risk playing all of them on Tuesday? Wenger can hardly call on his reserves even because we are sadly lacking in making two teams out of our uninjured players, so should we just give all our youth players a run out in Europe’s most prestigious competition, and save our first team players for next weekend?
You never know, they may actually win, and if Olympiakos get beaten in Germany as well then we can put out our first team in the last game in Greece and try and win by the neccesary two goals to make sure we finish in the top two.
Personally I think we are flogging a dead horse, and more importantly, risking getting even more injuries to the players we can ill afford to lose for the weekend. Can you imagine if Ozil or Sanchez join the ranks of our walking wounded? We may as well as just give up on the League right now if that happens. Remember when we lost both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott in a meaningless League Cup match just a few weeks ago….