Arsene to continue rotation policy
Arsenal’s Carabao Cup game against Norwich City tonight will likely see a heavily changed side to the one which beat Everton on Sunday. As has been the case this season so far, Arsene Wenger has played an entirely different XI for the cup competitions and this will continue. The Arsenal manager said:
“I will continue to rotate. I’ve gone into that rotation policy and afterwards you have to continue to do it, especially when both teams work well and both teams support each other at the moment. I must say that it’s difficult to make a change because to win away from home in the way we did at Belgrade, you need some special quality. Let’s hope we can reiterate that against Norwich. That’s the luxury I have at the moment and the difficulty I have as well. All these players do well, play well and they deserve to play. Fortunately, we have important games every week, so I can give competition to everybody. As you said, we have so much offensive force on the bench as well. It’s really a strong point of the club at the moment.”
Wenger was then questioned if his historic rotation of the squad in the League Cup is the reason for him never having won it.
“I always used it to give a chance to young boys. We went to the final with a very young team and nearly won it. I always focus on winning trophies in the Premier League and FA Cup domestically, and always used the League Cup as an education for our young players. But with this team I have the squad to go further, so let’s see.”
Oliveira a doubt for the visitors
Norwich City could be without key player Nelson Oliveira for tonight’s game at the Emirates. The Portuguese forward had to sit out the 1-0 win at the weekend after feeling discomfort during the warm up. Norwich manager Daniel Farke said:
“He feels much better. We have to take short-term decisions with him at the moment and it will be late decision. He will travel and have a short training session today and in the morning. He looked really sharp last week and I hope he is available for us.”
The 26-year-old has scored six goals in nine appearances for Norwich this season.
Wilshere plans for future
Jack Wilshere’s short-term future at Arsenal is not yet secure as the midfielder is yet to pen a new deal. He is, however, thinking about his career in the future as he has begun his coaching badges. For a player who has been plagued by injury throughout his career so far it is a wise choice to have something to fall back on once his playing time is at an end. Jack said recently:
“Last year when I was at Bournemouth, because they’re not in Europe and didn’t have a midweek game, it seemed like an opportunity [to start on my badges]. A few of the lads were talking about doing their Level Two and I thought, I’m going to jump on it. I really enjoyed it, while I’m fit and playing and healthy I might not need it, but even if I’ve got another ten years left in me I don’t want to be at the end of my career and maybe have a year out and be thinking, what do I want to do…and then have to go through Level Two, Uefa B, Uefa A. I’m doing my Uefa B at the minute. Luckily I’ve got great facilities here at Arsenal, great players and the PFA and the FA have been great and really helpful. I’m going to complete that and then see what I want to do..”
Arsene’s birthday celebrations
Even on his birthday, the Gunners boss is brushing up on his football knowledge. After guiding Arsenal to their convincing win over Everton, Wenger then tucked into some Ligue 1 football rather than go out.
“I didn’t really have a chance to celebrate but most importantly, I enjoyed the day because we won and had a convincing result and played good football, and the team looked happy. After that, last night there was a good French game, Marseille v Paris St Germain, which I could not miss! So in the end, I didn’t even go out for dinner because I planned to watch the game.”