How can Wenger rest these overworked Arsenal stars?

The second international break of the season is now over and the various Arsenal players involved have all come through it without any more injury problems for Arsene Wenger to worry about, despite some moments of concern about Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil.

The Arsenal boss is also boosted by the return to fitness of Francis Coquelin while the likes of Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey are there or thereabouts after more time to recover and gain fitness. But with the Gunners now facing seven games in 22 days before the next international break, the boss needs as strong a squad as possible. But he will also be keen to reduce the risk of our big players picking up the knocks you can get when fatigue comes into play.

The Frenchman will surely have to do some rotating over the next few weeks, with some players especially needing to be looked after due to their heavy workload. The two most in need of a break though, are of course those we would find hardest to replace, so how can Wenger give Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin the rest they could do with and make sure he does not damage the team’s chances of trophy success?

One way would be to pick and choose depending on the matches and the opponents and with two games against Ludogorets and an EFL cup game at home to Reading among our next fixtures you would think that one or a few of those games would be the perfect time to rotate.

I certainly think Bellerin and a few others will be rested for the Champions League match at home to the Bulgarians on Wednesday. But we do not want to field a completely second string side, so with Alexis Sanchez coming back to London just in time for the weekend, do you think Wenger might think of not starting him against Swansea and playing him in midweek?

What about other key players like Koscielny, Ozil and Walcott? How do you think the prof will tackle the balancing act or squad rotation?

Tags Alexis Bellerin Sanchez


    1. I think Santi can do a job further forward in the role OZil has, giving Ozil a chance for a rest. Also Ozil only played 45 minutes midweek. Ox can give Theo break. Kos should be OK IMO since CD don’t have the same cardio load as midfield players. Perez can also play out wide or in Sanchez role.

      ATM we have enough depth and not too many players should be near burnout this early in the season.

  1. santi doesn’t need a rest, he had the whole international break rest.
    Mustafi is not a starter for Germany and merely played 15mins in each Germany games.
    Ozil played 45mins
    Alexis looks like the one in need of rest but knowing him he doesn’t want it, n playing upfront means he doesn’t have to be involved in build up play and defending as much as on Leftwing.
    start our best team against Swansea, these guyz are almost a boogey side against us… then when we lead comfortably bring in Lucas for Alexis and Ox/Gibbs , Elneny/coq for Iwobi, Walcott.

    repeat same against Ludogorets, Middlesbrough and against Reading use the 2nd X

    Ospina; Niles,Gabriel,Holding,Gibbs; Elneny,Coq,ramsey ; ox,lucas,akpom/adelaide

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