Much like the earth itself, Arsene Wenger says he must rotate.
But he’s not talking about spinning on his axis once every 24 hours with respect to the sun at an equatorial speed of 465.1 m/s. Instead, he means he’s got to keep players fresh and free from injury by changing the make-up of his team.
And by make-up, we don’t mean the very foundation (geddit?!), but simply choosing different players for different games. With Hull City on the agenda tomorrow night, the manager has hinted that he’ll have to use the depth of his squad due to the upcoming, and very testing, schedule.
“I rotate considering the level of fatigue,” he told reporters at his press conference earlier. “We have some indications – my eyes, some objective data and as well some positions where it’s more demanding on the physical front than others.
“We have so many games that in some positions I will have to change; the full-back position is one that is very demanding. Central defence is a little bit less demanding on the physical side, it’s more on the concentration side.”
The boss also said that losing players when playing so many games was inevitable, and something he had to try and minimise the effects of.
“When you play so many games of that intensity, we expect to lose one or two players. In every single game I will rotate. I try to limit the number because I do not want to disrupt the balance of the team, so I do that in every single game.”
There could be starts tomorrow for Carl Jenkinson, due to injury to Bacary Sagna, as well as Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Flamini as the manager looks to rest some legs before Everton on Sunday.