Arsenal are more than likely going to be in the Europa League next season which leaves Arsene Wenger with the decision over whether to go all out to try and win the tournament or whether to rotate his squad to the maximum.
Arsenal have a big squad and plenty of youth players doing well in the teams below the first team, which means rotation is more than likely going to be the policy they go with.
One of Wenger’s justifications for not making more signings during his time as manager is the fact Arsenal have a big squad, so it could be time to see what the fringe players are made of.
Arsenal want to be in the Champions League and numerous matches on a Thursday night, so close to Premier League fixtures, is not ideal for the club.
Therefore, rotation would be much more likely during the group stage with matches spread out far and wide across Europe which means the club will have to use their full squad depth to keep everyone fit.
That would also seem the most obvious time to use fringe and youth players, who should be good enough to get Arsenal enough points in the competition, through to a point where the big guns can come back into the side.
As far as Arsenal fans are concerned, this is another chance to win a piece of silverware and a tournament that the club can really go after, especially as Arsenal should make it comfortably through any group stage.
The fact the club hasn’t won any silverware since 2005 means there is going to be a pressure on any Arsenal side which is selected to play in the Europa League, and that pressure is one of expectation for regular wins.
Arsenal could go with a similar approach to the one Manchester United used in the Champions League this season; all guns blazing, then rotate like there’s no tomorrow once qualification has been assured.
The problem is the way the club have approached cup competitions in England in the past, meaning a second string side, who have proved capable of brilliance but always fallen short.
Ultimately this still a big European cup competitions which means a chance for Arsenal to show that they can still dominate against some high profile and experienced sides. Firstly, however, they need to finish the current season.
Arsenal fans, do you want your club to go for it, if it’s the Europa League next season?
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