How will Arsenal approach tonight's game?

Arsenal v Dortmund

Arsenal come into tonight’s Champions League playoff second leg against Fenerbahce with a 3-0 lead, with three away goals progression to the group stages is almost inevitable.

It poses some issues for Arsene Wenger when he thinks about picking his team. Does he set out to get early goals and kill the tie off in the first 20 minutes? Or do they field a weakened team and hope that three away goals are enough of a cushion to see the tie out?

I lean towards the first option, play a strong side that will be able to put the tie out of reach then allowing the manager to take of his players and rest them for the North London Derby on Sunday.

Players like Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla have played a lot over the last week and will want to be at 100 per cent for Sunday. After the first leg result Arsene Wenger will have the ability to rest some players.

At this point Wenger can give vital European experience to the younger players like Serge Gnabry and Gedion Zelalem in a less pressurized environment than any other Champions League game.

It is critical that the momentum gained from the wins against Fenerbahce and Fulham is carried over to the weekend when Arsenal cannot afford to lose another game at home in the league.

It looked bleak for the Gunners after they lost at home to Aston Villa but they have bounced back admirably with two impressive away wins and after this game fans will be hoping that some new players are bought in time for the weekend’s game.

There are some rumours that Arsenal bringing top quality players in depends on Champions League football, so this result could open the door to some new arrivals.

Who would you pick if you were in charge?

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