Arsene Wenger to field strong side tonight, injury update on Sebastien Squillaci
Written by Jeffrey on November 30, 2010 4:35
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he will again field a strong side in the Carling Cup even if key players will be rested.
Speaking on Monday ahead of the game, the Frenchman explained how even though important players will be rested after playing three games in a week, a strong starting eleven will start against Wigan Athletic tonight. Wenger believes a decision has to be taken on striker Robin van Persie but gave the positive news that defender Emmanuel Eboue is already back in the squad after quickly recovering from a knee problem.
Asked about captain Cesc Fabregas, the manager said how the Spaniard will be back in two weeks and also how defender Sebastien Squillaci is out of the game with a knee problem.
The Frenchman concluded by again stressing the importance of the Cup saying how his players will take the game very seriously although he opted not to reveal who will start and who will not.
Ahead of the Wigan game, Wenger said:
We will play with a strong team. But don’t forget that we have played every three days for one and a half months so I have to see how we recover and who I rest [on] Tuesday.
But we will play with a strong team. You will see regular players.
Van Persie? I don’t know. Do I get him a week of work or do I play him? I have to speak with him frankly to see how he feels. We will see [on] Monday.
Emmanuel Eboue is back in the squad much quicker than planned. When we made a scan his knee was swollen but the ligament was intact so we decided to push him back as quickly as possible and the tests were successful.
Cesc is still out. He has ten more days or two weeks maximum. Sebastien Squillaci has a knee problem from Saturday. He is out, everyone else is available.
I don’t want to give the team today. The only thing I promise is that we will take the tie seriously.
I have to consider how many games my players play. For six weeks we have played every three days with Champions League and internationals. I will consider who needs to play and who needs to rest.