Wenger rests top Gunners

05 December 2011 07:46

Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal must not worry about the players they have left behind as the Gunners look to finish their Champions League Group F campaign with victory over Olympiacos in Athens.

With qualification already secured for the knockout stages with one match to spare, Wenger elected to bring a mixed squad out to Greece - as the likes of captain Robin van Persie, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Song all remained in London.

"It is not who we left at home, it is who will play who is important. Before you make an early judgement, let's wait to see how our team will do," Wenger said.

He added: "We have a very strong team, many of the team have played in the first game against Olympiacos, so give the players who turn up some credit, they will produce a good performance.

"We are unbeaten and want to continue our run, and also to be respectful of everybody else in the group. We have a moral responsibility to play to win tomorrow."

Wenger added: "It is true some players do not play as many games, but they will be even more motivated to show they deserve to play.

"I planned to play this team because I really believed they have given a hard time to Manchester City in the Carling Cup, when many of these players did very well.

"I just left some players at home because I did not want to put them on the bench, I would rather they had training.

"The team will be motivated and absolutely up for it. I would be very, very disappointed if our winning attitude was not completely right and I will make sure we walk out there with immense desire to try to win the game."

Source: PA

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