There have been many articles about the possible reserves that Arsene Wenger will play in Arsenal’s game at Bradford tonight, and although he has to make some enforced changes due to injuries Wenger is adamant that he will use whoever is needed to guarantee victory.
“Valley Parade was a difficult place to go to when we played there in the Premier League,” Wenger said yesterday. “It is a passionate place with a very special atmosphere as well. That’s what you will get again in this match.
“I believe when you go to places like this, you need to tell your players that it will be as difficult as a Premier League game, and it will be.
“Therefore you want to prepare yourself. If you don’t do your mental work before the game, you have no chance and that is where our job lies.”
“We will have an experienced squad at Bradford. We have a good recovery time ahead of the game at Reading, so we can use the players we want to use,”
As a warning to Arsenal it must be said that Bradford have only lost once in their last 12 games, and they also are obviously good at winning penalty shoot-outs, having been successful in the last seven in a row, and Wenger does not want to give them the opportunity to make it eight!
“We have to win the game in normal time. They have gained confidence in these types of competitions and confidence plays a big part in that. Hopefully we won’t need penalties,” Wenger said.
“Bradford are a force in their league, they are a team who play very good football and very efficient as well.
“We take them very seriously. They are very efficient at set pieces, so we will have to be very strong on that.”
Although they have an excellent record at Valley Parade, the fact remains that Bradford are still a League Two side. Arsenal should dispose of them no matter what team they put out……