Arsene Wenger admits that some of his Europa League charges are making it hard for him to select his starting XI for Premier League games but insists the domestic fixtures are coming so quickly that rotation is necessary.
Established players stuck on the fringes of the first team squad, such as Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud, have shone in UEFA’s second tier competition so far this season giving the boss food for thought.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Everton on Sunday, Wenger told Arsenal.com: “Some of the Europa League players are making it hard to be left out of the Premier League games.
“That’s what you want. But I believe as well, once you go into the rotation and you have so many tight games with such a short period of time, we play Sunday, we play Tuesday, you’re a bit of a prisoner of that.
“You can make two or three changes but with the short period of recovery time, you cannot play all the 11 that played on Thursday – that’s impossible now.
“I have seen that freshness [in the players who haven’t travelled], especially when the games are repeated. At the moment, [they] play nearly every week.
“On top of that, in the Europa League, it’s very interesting for us to see some young players, how they resist to stress, how they resist to pressure away from home.”