There has been thousands of comments from Arsenal fans on who Arsene Wenger should pick to start against Aston Villa at Wembley this evening, but Le Prof says that he has not yet decided on the final starting XI, but it will be dictated by the tactics to be used by our opponents.
He also makes it clear that it doesn’t matter who plays, the TEAM simply has to win. He was specifically asked if he had decided to play Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott after their excellent contribution to last weeks demolition of West Brom. He replied: “No, not 100 per cent,”
“I will make my team selection considering what will be needed on the day, and what the strengths of the opponents are as well. That’s very important because they have some strong points which we need to be good against, so you consider absolutely everything.”
“I believe what’s important is that we win the trophy, not who plays or who starts or who finishes the game,”
“In every squad it’s like that. Most of the time the heroes are the guys who come on and finish the game for you.
“We’ve had that in every final, so it’s important that we focus just on that – to win the trophy. If we can do that it will be the whole squad that’s rewarded.”
It’s not often that Wenger has so many different (and excellent) players to choose from, and it is only natural that he should be choosing the line-up to reflect the qualities of Aston Villa. Arsenal may be a far superior team on paper, but as Wenger knows, the game is played on grass and Arsenal have to PROVE they are the better team by controlling the game and lifting the trophy at the end of it.
Get it right, Arsene!