With three wins from three so far, you can forgive Wenger for using his squad to the full tonight, as the return match against Slavia is played, just a few days after the end of a tough week involving Liverpool and United.
Cesc and Hleb, probably the two best performers so far this season, are left at home, while Toure and Rosicky are carrying slight knocks which are unlikely to keep them out of any other game.
I’ve seen a lot of understandable bravado ahead of tonight’s game, based on the 7-0 win two weeks back, but Slavia will have a point to prove, and remember one result often has no bearing on another – Besiktas beat Liverpool two weeks ago before being mauled 8-0 last night in the reverse match.
A draw would probably be enough to qualify, a win would put us in a superb position to top the group, but I think it’ll be a tight one. I’m going for a 1-0 win, with the goal in the second half, much like the Steaua game.
Song will start in central defence, with Gilberto in midfield. Walcott, Bendtner, Eduardo and Diarra are also looking for time on the field, which just shows the strength of the squad right now. That squad will be tested in the quarter finals of the Carling Cup, where once again we’ll travel north to play Blackburn.
That’ll be good for the kids to experience – having their legs hacked to pieces. Toughen them up, and all that.
Come on you reds.