With Arsenal taking a 4-1 win to Russia in the Europa League this week, even the fact that CSKA Moscow are a tougher team to face on their own turf, the feeling is that the tie is abut over, so with the Gunners also now in touching distance of Chelsea in the fifth Premier League place, there is an argument that Arsene Wenger should have one eye on our EPL game at the weekend.
Of course we know that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will get a rest as he is cup-tied in the Europa League, Arsenal face a tough away game against an in form Newcastle United on Sunday and to add to the problems we have been handed the early kick-off, so you can see why the Frenchman might want to rest a key player or two.
It would be a real shame to let Chelsea off the hook after getting so close to them but there is another question. Can we really be so sure of getting into the Europa semi-finals without the strongest possible side? After seeing how a changed Arsenal team struggled at home to Southampton yesterday, I am not so sure and as we still have to treat the European competition as our main priority I think that Wenger should not take the risk.
Get the tie secured and then rest players if you must, but do not take any risks in your team selection! Do you agree Gooners?