As Arsenal prepare to face Atletico Madrid in the crucial Europa League semi-final next Thursday, Arsene Wenger has admitted that as there is “not much at stake” in our Premier League games he will use the opportunity to give some of our up-and-coming youngsters some top-class experience at Old Trafford. Man United are extremely short favourites so Arsenal were unlikely to win even with our first team, but with reserves playing I am going to bet on United to win by two goals at better than even money, and if I use this ComeOn bonus code I can even back them using the bookies own money. This looks like an extremely good bet after Wenger confirmed that he will be resting his top players for the big game in Madrid on Thursday.
“I always think it’s first of all part of our culture at the club,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com. “I also believe it’s very important for our football club to show the young players some faith and trust.
“As long as you don’t give them a chance – even if you say that you believe they’re a good player – as long as you don’t have the courage to put them on the pitch, they don’t really believe you. For me, the fact that there’s not really a lot at stake in the Premier League is a good opportunity to see how ready they are, and for them as well to realise that it’s much harder than they imagined when they’re playing in youth-team games.”
To be fair it would be a very hard game for our first team never mind our youngsters. And as our first team have lost our last five EPL away games, maybe the youngsters could do a better job!