Wenger says Arsenal WILL rotate – But who?

Arsenal do not play our next Premier League game for another few days but because of the new year celebrations the manager has given his pre-match press conference today for the visit of Steve McLaren and his Newcastle United side, and you can see what the Frenchman had to say on the Arsenal website.

And although the only player that Arsene Wenger has available since the win over Bournemouth is Mathieu Flamini, the boss told the press that he would definitely be rotating his players. But which of the Arsenal players do you think should be rested, or dropped, and which deserve to keep their places in the starting line up?

Wenger made four changes for the last game, with Gabriel, Gibbs, Chambers and Oxlade-Chamberlain coming in for Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini and Campbell and his talk of rotation could simply mean that he is planning to change back but I think not.

If he was planning to let the overworked Koscielny and Monreal have a break then he might as well give them another game off as the replacements did very well. I was fairly impressed with Chambers and the Ox as well and would be happy to see them start again.

There are other Gunners who have started to look a bit weary though, such as Bellerin and Giroud so maybe Wenger is thinking of giving Debuchy a rare start against his former club and perhaps playing Walcott as the central striker and bringing Campbell back.

Which changes would you like to see against the Magpies?

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  1. Giroud needs the rest, even though i would give the rest to walcott (injury prone) and bellerin (debuchy needs game time). The rest would be the same (chambers, ox, gabriel, gibbs)

    1. The thing with rest is sometimes players get into the zone ..100% concentration can be difficult to obtain or maybe even impossible for large periods. The title winner is usually the team which applies the fullest in concentration throughout season, that and the pure quality of gifted players. Sometimes a player can lose or fall out of the zone, for lack of better description, and Mert is one of our most concentrated of players as he needs to be because of his leadership duties, his type of game, and perceived weakness on the back foot.

      I said it before and I’ll say it again, when our entire team pitches in and keeps a shape like they are supposed to well that is when Per is a giant and looks every bit deserved of his world cup winning medal.

  2. ———– Cech
    Bellerin – Boss – Gabriel – Monreal
    ——– Flamini/Chambers – Ramsey
    Campbell – Özil – Walcott/OX
    ————– Giroud/Walcott

    No need for rotating players too much. 5 days rest since the last game, that’s quite normal. Besides after the Newcastle match we will have a whole week off before the next game.

  3. My Torted Boss’ Rotation Starts To Beat Newcastle 3-0 are: Ospina; DebuchyDeAbreuKoscielnyMonreal; RamseyChambers; OxchaboOzilCampbell; Walcott. Bench: CechBellerinRhino’GibbsAdelaideFlaminiGiroud. The 6 to be rested are all on the bench save Adelaide.

  4. To be fair it is very
    difficult to see where
    any rotation can take place.
    These are our fixtures till
    the end of Feb when we should
    get players back.

    Newcastle (H)
    Sunderland (H) FA Cup 3rd.
    Liverpool (A)
    Stoke (A)
    Chelsea (H)
    FA Cup 4th (?)
    Sotn (H)
    Bournmth (A)
    Leicester (H)
    FA Cup 5th (?)
    Barcelona (H)
    Man Utd (A)

    I think you will find that Cech Bellerin Monreal
    Mertz Koscielny(Gabriel?) Ozil and Sanchez will play
    every league game and against Barcelona.
    The FA Cup spaced 4 games apart
    seems to be the logical rest opportunity
    One game a week seems reasonable
    although they will all most likely play
    Barcelona and Man U in succession.
    By March we should be fine with players back.
    The FA Cup should not distract us.
    The EPL should remain our main focus.
    If we are in front at the end of Feb we will win the league no doubt.

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