Arsene Wenger: Why I’m lucky to have ‘quality’ Arsenal squad
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger runs the rule over his Gunners squad ahead of League Cup clash
Arsene Wenger says he is lucky to have so many quality options in his Arsenal squad.
The Gunners are one of the form sides in the Premier League after a 2-1 victory over Everton at The Emirates allowed the north London side to move level on points with leaders Manchester City.
We want the players who come in to show that they are able to make the squad successful, and do absolutely everything to help us win
The FA Cup holders have won their last four games in all competitions, including victories over bitter rivals Manchester United and Bundesliga holders Bayern Munich.
Speaking ahead of their League Cup clash at Sheffield Wednesday, Wenger was quick to heap praise on his Gunners squad, whilst promising to rotate some of his key players.
“It’s down to me to manage the workload of the players without diminishing the quality of the team,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website. “I believe I’m lucky because I have quality players. Even the players who do not play are top internationals.
“I’m a bit unlucky because we are two or three short at the moment [because of injuries]. But that gives me a good opportunity to give some games to the players who have not played recently, to rest some of those who need a little breather and as well to give a chance to one or two young players.
“When you are Arsenal you know most of the teams that you travel to, especially in the cup games, do not have a lot to lose. We know that type of problem and we have always dealt with it historically.
“We want the players who come in to show that they are able to make the squad successful, and do absolutely everything to help us win.”
Arsenal were 2-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the Capital One Cup in September.
France midfielder Mathieu Flamini scored both of Arsenal’s goal in a victory over the bitter north London rivals in the League Cup.