Wenger will not field weakend side against Olympiakos

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists that he will not field a weakened side in the Champions League against Olympiakos midweek, The Press Association reports.

The Gunners have already sealed qualification after a win in North London against Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago. Arsenal have remained unbeaten in a difficult group so far and face a trip to Athens to round off their group stage. Two seasons ago, Wenger sent a side with just an average age of 21 to Athens and came back with a 1-0 defeat.

Arsenal will not do the same this time around and Wenger is keen to respect the competition, whilst offering experience to some of his younger players. A team similar to the one that lost in the Carling Cup against Manchester City is expected to feature.

The priority for the Frenchman is to finish the group unbeaten and silence the critics who doubted the club. ‘First, the priority is to respect the competition and win the game. That is what I will try to do. will go with a side who has experience and give the chance as well to some young players. I have done that against Manchester City [in the Carling Cup quarter-final], and you could see the team was really up for it.’

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