Arsene Wenger to rotate this Christmas, will not re-sign Thierry Henry
Written by Jeffrey on November 18, 2011 22:00
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will rotate during the busy Christmas period, just like last season.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game against Norwich City, the Frenchman declared that rotation is a must if one is to get through the busy months of December and January without injuries and with as many wins as possible with the Arsenal boss adding that the Gunners were lucky to see their defenders playing only one game during this week’s International break.
Asked about the reason why Dutch striker Robin van Persie was not involved in Holland’s friendly game against Germany, the manager confirmed that there was an agreement with the Dutch Football Federation with the striker fully fit for the Carrow Road’s match.
And on Thierry Henry, Wenger concluded by saying that the 34-year old is indeed training with the rest of the Arsenal players as he wants to keep himself fit with the manager rubbishing rumours that a move will be made to sign the Frenchman on loan.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Wenger said:
I will certainly rotate more because we have to face so many games. I think it was last year at Sunderland that we changed 10 players because we played three days later at Manchester City.
Everybody asked me why I did it but you have to rotate at some stage and that is why we have a big squad.
We were a bit lucky with the international break because people like Mertesacker, Koscielny and Vermaelen played only one game. So we cannot complain.
For us it’s more a focus on our next target and to get back quickly from international to club level. We need the same focus we showed just before the break.
We had an agreement [on Robin van Persie]. I believe that in these friendlies, if you have a player in England who has no winter break and will be going into a tournament at some stage you need them to not be overloaded.
Thierry [Henry] was in with our training [yesterday], and he does not need to show how good he is.
He just wants to stay fit and enjoy the football club again, because he is at home here and it is always good to have him back.
When you are not the day before the game, it is possible of course for him to practise with the first team. It is always a lift to see what a big player he still is.
[Re-sign him?] I have not thought about that at all. At the moment we have a big squad.
And anyway, that problem cannot be examined before the end of December. We have 26 outfield players so we have a massive squad.
[If we spoke about it?] No, he has talked to me about coming back and practicing and enjoying the game.
Thierry loves football, Thierry loves Arsenal so to practice with us, for him, is a pleasure and so is for us.