Arsene Wenger says its no coincidence that the majority of his players are in rude health at the moment because he’s been able to fully and regularly rotate his squad so far this campaign.
The Frenchman has effectively split his squad in two, saving his ‘best’ XI for Premier League action and making use of fringe and youth players for Carabao Cup and Europa League matches.
As things stand the only long-term absentee is Santi Cazorla and the boss is pleased that there have been benefits to dropping down a level in Europe.
“Yes, I would say that’s a consequence of that,” he told his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s match with BATE Borisov. “One of the things we’ve benefited from is that, yes.”
On paper the Gunners should have an advantage going into the busy festive period. That said, the defeat to Manchester United on Saturday was a setback that the boss is still reeling from.
“I think we missed an opportunity on Saturday to take advantage of that, because we were physically quite strong in the game,” he continued.
“But we are in a position where we have to take the month of December in a very serious way, be efficient and hopefully we can benefit from that.
He added: “We play on Sunday against Southampton and it doesn’t mean that the players that play tomorrow will not play against Southampton.
“After, we have three weeks and play in the League Cup as well, so they’ll get games.”