Arsene Wenger has a bit of a dilemma to deal with, as Arsenal are fighting on three fronts. He does not want to risk aggravating any injuries in the FA cup and Champions league games because of the close battle with Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton for a top four spot. The Champions league is the really prestigious competition, and it brings much more revenue than the domestic cup competition, so the temptation would be to field a weakened team against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, especially as they are very hot favourites to win the game with MyBettingSites.
The fact that Rovers are a championship side who have got their own concerns in the league as they try to fight their way into play-off contention, may give further encouragement to Wenger to rest a few key players. I hope he resists, however, because the FA cup could be hugely important. If there are players with injuries, then Wenger should perhaps not risk them, but I would not make too many changes to the side that has been doing well for us.
Firstly, there is the small matter of going eight years without a trophy, should we fail again this season. This may not be as important to Wenger, but it will have a big effect on the fans and the players. The team will be buoyed by some silverware and that winning mentality could pay dividends next season. Wenger has spoken about the pressure on the team at times in the Emirates, but that would evaporate with a trophy.
The team is finally showing consistency and is playing with confidence. If Wenger makes too many changes and we struggle against Blackburn, all that could be lost and we would face Bayern Munich days later with more self doubt than self confidence. Plus, a draw would mean an extra game we don’t need and a hostile away crowd.
It seems as if Wilshere and Koscielny are doubts for the game anyway, so they should be rested until Tuesday, but in my opinion, Wenger should pick as strong a side as possible from the fit players. It is a bit of a tightrope he is walking, so what would you do Gooners?