Arsenal centre back Laurent Koscielny believes that the squad rotation being employed by manager Arsene Wenger will make no difference to the result against Sheffield Wednesday this Tuesday night, as the substitutes are very much capable of playing the same level of football as the first team (via Arsenal.com). With the Gunners having played three games in the last week, rotation is necessary to ensure that our personnel do not injure themselves; and while this is generally not a desirable scenario, the Frenchman thinks it will have no impact on our current form.
The matches are coming in thick and fast right now, and we have a further three games scheduled next week against Swansea, Bayern Munich, and Tottenham. Needless to say, the manager will be looking to preserve his best players for those games and give the reserves a chance tonight instead. Players like Joel Campbell and Calum Chambers are already seemingly guaranteed to start (via Arsenal.com), and it is also likely that Alexis Sanchez and Francis Coquelin will get their much needed break as well.
With that in mind, people might start worrying about the result tonight – after all, our subs were hardly convincing when given chances against Dinamo Zagreb. But Koscielny believes that with the new sense of confidence permeating throughout the club, we will be able to secure a convincing victory tonight over the Owls. Speaking to Arsenal Player, he said, “We know each other’s qualities and we know the philosophy of the team. A season is long. We saw it last year with a few injuries. So we appreciate having everybody ready to come in. We benefit from the coach’s rotation. Everybody brings his contribution. It’s important to have that.
“I don’t know if this is the best Arsenal team I have ever played for but collectively you can tell that we are capable to do great things together. We need to keep that team spirit and this desire and motivation.
“We like having the ball but there are times in games where we are on the back foot and that’s when we need to make the efforts for the team and for our team-mates. We did it against Bayern and [against Everton] in the second half. Let’s keep it this way until the end of the season.”
It might be a tad optimistic to expect the reserves to dominate tonight, especially as most of them are severely lacking match practice of any sort. However, with a bit of effort, we might be able to nick the win tonight. Sheffield will certainly be no pushovers – they are on an eight game unbeaten run themselves – but ultimately we are a top tier Premier League side and players like Mathieu Debuchy, Joel Campbell and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain need to step up and prove that their potential can actually translate into results on the pitch.