Arsenal are now just three points behind Chelsea in the coveted fourth place in the Premiership, so a win is an absolute must this weekend at Sunderland, but with the (perhaps more important?) Champions League tie against AC Milan coming up in midweek, Wenger will be considering his team selection very carefully.
Wenger has so far avoided resting Robin van Persie, but as he has Thierry Henry, Ju-Young Park and the now-returned Marouane Chamakh in the squad, perhaps it may be prudent to make sure that the Dutch international doesn’t get injured this weekend.
The injury problems have eased at the Emirates, and as well as Chamakh, Wenger also has Johann Djourou and Kieran Gibbs back from injury, and Bacary Sagna can also be considered fully fit at last. Perhaps Gibbs could play half a game along with Vermaelen to keep the Belgian fresh for Tuesday?
Ramsey has had a little rest now, and Arshavin hasn’t played since the booing debacle against Man Utd, so maybe Wenger could give Arteta and Oxlade-Chamberlain a breather before travelling to Milan as well.
We can’t ignore the fact that the Sunderland game could be crucial to our season, but should Wenger risk keeping some firepower back for the Milan match?