There are zero reason’s why tomorrow Arsenal should not play the fullest strength team possible.
With no FA Cup at the weekend after a dismal display against Nottingham Forest, Arsenal do not have a game this weekend.
Our next two games are the away and home ties against Ostersund in the Europa League. A full week between the cold air of Sweden, and the wet and rainy Islington.
After the Ostersund double header, we play Manchester City in the League Cup Final. Therefore it is important for the side to get a big win in Sweden to bring back to London – allowing us to rest key players for the League Cup Final.
With us out of the FA Cup and not in the race for the league title, the Europa League and League Cup should be Arsenal’s prioritiy. Whilst top 4 is good for the bank balance, it means nothing if you do not win trophies.
I expect David Ospina to start ahead of Petr Cech, and there is a lot of confusion over whether Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng is cup tied or not. Other than the same old players being out injured, I would expect us to put out the strongest side available.
This includes the likes of Mesut Ozil and Henrik Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscileny and Hector Bellerin.
Beating Ostersund in the first leg is important, and will take the pressure of the second leg 3 days before that Europa League Final.
Back the team, even if you do not the regime.