Wenger wary of squad fatigue after Giroud blow

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Arsene Wenger admits that he needs to spend time analysing the fitness of his squad after Arsenal lost Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin to injury in their 1-0 win over West Ham United in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

Earlier in the week the boss confirmed that Aaron Ramsey will be out until January and with Giroud pulling up with a hamstring problem that definitely rules him out of Friday’s game with Liverpool, he admits he’s going to have to be clever with squad rotation as his side tackle 10 games in the next 36 days.

“When you look at our fixtures in January and February, you cannot imagine that you will play with the same 11 players in every game,” he told press after Tuesday’s win.

“Will I change from Premier League game to Premier League game, or just for the Carabao Cup? I don’t know, I have to look at the fixtures to see what I have to do.

He added: “It [the fixture schedule] is very demanding, especially because we already have a tough schedule behind us. I will have to sit down and analyse what we can do.

“What is worrying is when you start to lose players, like Giroud tonight. After you can’t afford to lose another one. So I have to look at how I manage the schedule.”

“It [injuries to key players] puts more pressure on the rest of the squad when you have injuries, but I still have Walcott, Welbeck and Sanchez [in addition to Lacazette] who can play up front. So that is a possibility as well.”

 

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