Emmanuel Petit has given Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger a “heads up” ahead of Gunners’ Capital One Cup clash at the Emirates on Tuesday evening.
The Chelsea coach has apparently intimated that he will perhaps field less than his best XI against Arsenal. Jose Mourinho’s mind games are notorious, and Arsene is an old hand in this business. The former Monaco and Arsenal midfielder was talking ahead of the clash in London:
Do you believe Mourinho? I think he’s a competitor, he wants to win every single game. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Capital One Cup, if it’s the Premier League or Champions League, whatever, even if it’s a friendly game he will want to win it.
Probably he will make a little bit of rotation in the team because they will be playing two days before the game, but if you look at the squad with Chelsea, there’s a lot of young players, so what does it mean if he says he will play a young squad.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal are blessed with superb squads and it his highly likely that both sides will use this clash as an opportunity to provide some of their first teamers with a little respite. Jose was only a few days ago bemoaning Chelsea’s fixture list.
If he wants to make the dressing room happy, he has to give the time for players to show what they can do, what they can bring to the team .If you only base your expectation on the first 11 then for sure you won’t win anything at the end of the season.
It’s not only the 11 players on the pitch, it’s 25, sometimes 30 players in the group, so you have to make a rotation to make everybody happy. But as well you have to do that to keep the freshness in the team, in the spirit as well.”
Arsenal are top of the table, and will surely have one eye on keeping things that way. Their next Barclays Premier League match sees them host Liverpool in Saturday’s teatime game. Liverpool are in ferocious form, with Luis Suarez in particular looking like a man possessed. So how will the Capitol One Cup game pan out tomorrow? The last word to Emmanuel Petit:
It’s the derby and honestly, I used to be a player, it doesn’t matter which competition you play, you have to win the game because this game can have an effect on the rest of the competitions, especially the Premier League.