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Wenger Won't Be Resting Players

Wenger Won't Be Resting Players

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has resisted any notion that he may rest any of his star players for tomorrow night`s lost cause against A.C. Milan. With the Italians protecting a four goal lead, the game is all but up for Arsenal. But the manager was in bullish mood today, refuting any suggestions he may rest players for the run in. After a couple of good results against close rivals and with third place in the crosshairs, there was a suggestion he may prioritise.

'It is not an argument for us," bristled the Frenchman. "We want to have a real go tomorrow, we want to make it possible.

"I would not be very credible to tell you we want to score five goals and then leave Robin van Persie out.

"We will not accept going out of the Champions League because we want to stay in. We will give it our best shot tomorrow."


I`ve seen some debate around this today and have to say I side with the manager on this one. For a number of reasons. Firstly, I think it`d transmit a poor message to his players if he tacitly admitted he didn`t believe in their ability to turn the tie around. Miniscule though the chances may be, there could be long term ramifications for the rest of our season if he sends that message. Arsenal have specialised in comebacks in recent weeks- albeit not to this magnitude.

But momentum has been built up and it`s important to keep it. Realistically, as a fan I want to see a good performance and for us to win the game tomorrow night, even though I don`t think we can win the tie. A healthy win and good performance sees us bow out with a bit more pride and helps keep that momentum. In any case, we need to go for it. If we are not two goals clear on the night at least, with half an hour remaining we can always reign ourselves in with some pragmatic changes. There's six days until the Newcastle game after tomorrow night and then a further nine days till our next game after that. We're not looking at the most crammed schedule. LD.



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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Monday March 5 2012
Time: 6:09PM

Comments

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Two early goals and it will be game on! We have nothing to lose and should throw everything at Milan...really blitz their goal for the first 15 minutes...then see where we are.
Wyn Mills
05/03/2012 18:30:00
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Just have a good go at them..
Sajit
05/03/2012 18:38:00
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Good! The same set of players where possible should start. They were the ones who made this task insurmountable so it's only fair they attempt to restore some pride as opposed to being allowed to slink away and let some other poor sods mop up. It will bear all the hallmarks of the greatest comeback of all time though, we'll get three back before that lanky swedish git will doubtless break our hearts again.
nikolaijns
05/03/2012 18:40:00
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We should have a real go at it in the first half, and if the tie is still winable at half time keep pushing, if it's way beyond us look to bring RvP and others off. If we can get a couple of goals in the first half it will be enough to sow the seeds of doubt. It's very unlikely that we'll do it but stranger things have happened.
Rocky7
05/03/2012 19:36:00
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I agree with the manager on this one. There can and should be no lost cause(s) at a team like Arsenal. The fans have a role to play as their belief has to be passed on to the team. It won't matter when the goals start coming in as it takes seconds to score a goal and they can come in very quick succession. Let's go for it and just bring on our A game; that's all we ask.
Naijagunner
05/03/2012 19:45:00
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I also agree with Arsene for the reasons cited above, but can you imagine the rage he'd face if a certain someone was injured... PS: I definitely have NOT jinxed it.
ArsenalRob
05/03/2012 20:20:00
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I agree with the manager on this one. There can and should be no lost cause(s) at a team like Arsenal. The fans have a role to play as their belief has to be passed on to the team. It won't matter when the goals start coming in as it takes seconds to score a goal and they can come in very quick succession. Let's go for it and just bring on our A game; that's all we ask.
Naijagunner
05/03/2012 20:23:00
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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1091601-arsenal-vs-ac-milan-zlatan-ibrahimovic-star-egoist-opportunist
Wyn Mills
06/03/2012 00:56:00
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Wenger: ""I can take a risk, because I have no choice, basically. ...I have only two midfielders, that is Song and Rosicky. That means we have to play with four strikers. I can play six strikers if I want. I have enough strikers: I have [Marouane] Chamakh, Park [Ju-yung], Van Persie, Gervinho, Walcott and Chamberlain." Death or Glory it is then.
Wyn Mills
06/03/2012 01:03:00
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AR RVP could go out on the ground training and he could be out. Remember Faith and belief. I just want them to play well andI know they will. Ng we think on the same line from the same book. What an extra lift it will be to prove those of little faith for our club they are wrong.
alwaysgunner
06/03/2012 05:07:00
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