Arsene Wenger has stated that he will no longer rest his star players in the Europa League as the Gunners return to European action this week.
After advancing into the final stage of the competition after winning their group, Wenger’s team come up against Swedish side Ostersunds for a place in the final 16.
However, with a European trophy up for grabs, he has confirmed he will be playing a full-strength team as he bids to guide the Gunners to some silverware.
“I would have anyway gone for it, especially as we have no game between the two matches,” said the Frenchman.
“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.
“There is no reason why I should rest players.”
Despite missing two great chances at the weekend to rescue a point against Spurs, Alexandre Lacazette looks set to lead the line in Sweden on Thursday night.
Although he might not be first choice now following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival at the club, the Gabon international is not allowed to compete in the competition as his former club Borussia Dortmund are in the final 32 of the Europa League.
Fellow new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan is allowed to play for Arsenal despite representing Manchester United in the Champions League.
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