Thursday, 6 January 2011

Wenger - I'll make changes

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will rotate his side for the FA Cup clash with Leeds on Saturday.

The Gunners will be reunited with the Whites at the Emirates this weekend as the North Londoners look to avoid a shock at the hands of the Championship outfit in the third round.

Simon Grayson's men have been performing admirably in the league this term following their promotion last time out, and produced a stunning display at the same stage of the competition last year - knocking out arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw in the Premier League by Manchester City on Wednesday night, and Wenger admits changes will be made.

"We will rotate. There are going to be changes, many changes," Wenger said on the club's official website.
"It will be good to have Kieran (Gibbs) back and (Emmanuel) Eboue will play as (Bacary) Sagna is suspended.

"I have somewhere in my mind that I will make changes, but I don't know who will play.

"From last night, we have no serious injuries.

"I believe that (Samir) Nasri and (Robin) Van Persie could be short for Saturday. They have kicks - Van Persie on the hip and Nasri on the ankle. It is a question of days.

"They have a chance to recover in time, but I will certainly rest Van Persie and maybe Nasri."
Wenger realises that Leeds will be tough nuts to crack on Saturday and is keen to end the club's long wait for silverware - with their last trophy coming with victory in the 2005 final.

"It will be another big game - you know the third round of the FA Cup is always very tricky," he added.

"We need to swallow our frustration from the Man City match and quickly focus again for Saturday.

"We have players who are coming back, players who have not played and we will rotate - that is vital."

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