With a Premier League encounter with Man City looming on Sunday, as well as a host of injuries to deal with, it looks as if Arsenal will be fielding a young side against Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
The Gunners will be without Kieran Tierney, who look set to miss three months with a shoulder injury; Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, and other senior players who wouldn’t have played anyway.
We’re in a strong position, and qualification for the knock-out stages is basically assured barring a disaster in Liege, but Freddie Ljungberg has faith in his young charges.
Speaking about the squad he has at his disposal, the Swede said, “We have a few injuries and we’ve played a lot of games lately and we have another game again on Sunday.
“But I think we’ve brought enough, we’ve brought a lot of firepower here and we have some younger players that have as well played earlier in the group stages.
“It’s not just now, they’ve been playing the whole time so it’s a big game and we’re here to get a good result and we have a lot of respect for the opponent.”
And on the injuries, with City looming, he continued, “Of course, it’s not good.
“We got one in the warm-up at West Ham and then another full back in the game. But it’s just one of those freak things.
“One is to the head and one is a shoulder in a tackle. You can’t do much about it, but of course it puts a strain on the squad.
“But that’s how it is.”