Arsene Wenger has hinted that he will play a full-strength team in Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Ostersunds FK on Thursday (via The Mirror).
With the race for the Premier League’s top four looking increasingly difficult, Arsenal’s most realistic hopes of Champions League qualification seems to be in Europe.
The winner of the Europa League is granted passage into Europe’s premier club competition and many are eager for the Gunners to follow in the path of Manchester United two seasons ago.
Arsene Wenger’s quest for a first European trophy begins on Thursday with a trip to Sweden to take on Ostersunds FK.
Thus far, Wenger has opted to name a weakened side in the competition but he has hinted that that is about to change.
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“There is no reason why I should rest players,” Wenger said.
“I will play the normal team because it is one of the opportunities we have especially because we don’t play in the FA Cup.
“I would have anyway gone for it, especially as we have no game between the two matches.”
It’s true that Arsenal don’t have a game scheduled for the weekend. The two matches against FK Ostersunds are Arsenal’s only matches in the next two weeks ahead of a daunting match against Manchester City on 25 February. Let’s hope that the gunners are safely into the next stage of the Europa League by then.